Island council seeks planning expansion

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 13 Oct 2015

Stromness Primary SchoolPlanners on a Scottish isle are having to balance new development with constraints including the presence of neolithic archaeology. 

Orkney Islands Council planning manager Fiona Mullen told Planning: “Orkney has a significant archaeological history, including the UNESCO world heritage site.

“This is called the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Therefore archaeology is always at the forefront in the assessment of any development.

“Other issues for the Orkney Islands relate to pressures for renewable energy, both off-shore and onshore, fish farming, housing, and the future of the agricultural and oil industries.” 

The council is looking to recruit a graduate planner to undertake development management work across the islands.

“Being an archipelago of islands, site visits often involve a boat or plane trip,” said Mullen. “The island area generates a variety of scales and types of development related to town, country and sea.”

The postholder will deal with a range of applications including general householder, replacement and new dwellings, wind turbines and listed-building and conservation area consent applications. 

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Image Stromness Primary School, a recent development on the island, and seals