Orkney Islands Council
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Listed Buildings and 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.

If you are considering undertaking any kind of work or development that could affect a Listed Building and/or a Conservation Area, you should contact us as early in the process as possible on telephone: 01856873535 or by email.

The following topics should also be considered:

  • Listed buildings consent (Guidance available on the 'Application Types' page in the 'Related Links' section of this page).
  • Conservation areas consent (Guidance available on the 'Application Types' page in the 'Related Links' section of this page).
  • Local Plan.
  • Managing Change in the Historic Environment Guidance Notes.

Further information is available from the Related Links and Related Sites sections of this page.

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