Orkney Islands Council
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Conservation Areas

Councils have the power to designate as Conservation Areas, areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. It is the responsibility of the council to ensure that any new development should be sympathetic to the special architectural and aesthetic qualities of the area, particularly in terms of scale, design, materials and space between buildings. Councils have a statutory obligation to compile a list containing particulars of any area which has been designated as a conservation area which is available for public inspection.

Related Articles

  • Conservation Areas Consent (guidance available under "Application Types" in "Related Links").
  • Listed Buildings Consent (guidance available under "Application Types" in "Related Links").

Urban Conservation Area Maps

Conservation area maps have been provided to assist with applications. The boundary of the Kirkwall Conservation Area will be changing with effect from 6 February 2014. The attached map shows both the boundary prior to 6 February 2014, and thereafter. Please note these maps are very large, and have been optimised as much as possible for use on the internet. If you have difficulty using these maps please contact the Planning team on Telephone: 01856873535 or email the Planning Team for assistance. Also, please consult our conservation advice section for further information on conservation issues.

  • Balfour Conservation Area.
  • Kirkwall Conservation Area.
  • St. Margaret's Hope Conservation Area.
  • Stromness Conservation Area.
  • Brodgar.
  • Eynhallow.

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