Orkney Islands Council
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Links to Useful Websites

These are some of the useful websites that members of the public may find helpful. This list will be updated frequently. Please let us know by contacting Development and Marine Planning via email if you find other websites that you found helpful and connected with the aims and work of Development and Marine Planning.To visit any of the following websites, click on the relevant title within the 'Related Sites' section further down this page.

The Scottish Government

The Built Environment Section of the Scottish Government deals with the Scottish Planning System and is helpful if you wish to look at national planning policies and advice notes and information on Scotland’s new planning system.


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) aims to protect and improve the quality of the environment and looks into important environmental issues such as foul and surface water drainage, flooding and waste management.


Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is concerned with the protection and enhancement of the natural environment within Scotland. SNH also has advice and information on its site regarding biodiviersity and landscape protection and enhancement.


The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a charity group involved in the protection and conservation of birds and their habitat. Their website provides information on reserves, birds and advance on providing habitats for different species.

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for safeguarding Scotland’s historic environment and promoting its safeguarding and enjoyment. Website contains information on Historic and Listed buildings, Scheduled Monuments, World Heritage Sites, Historic Wreck Sites, Conservation, Archaeology and Grants.

Scottish Water

Scottish Water is the regulatory authority for Scotland’s water and waste water industry. This website provides details on Scottish Water, contact details for developers and details on the location and capacity of their facilities.

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