Conservation areas

Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area

The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 provides the legislative framework for Conservation Areas. The Act defines a conservation area as ‘an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’. The 1997 Act places a statutory duty on the Council to determine which parts of their area merit conservation area status and to protect conservation areas from development that would be detrimental to their character and appearance. The Council also has a duty to formulate and publish proposals for the preservation, management and enhancement of conservation areas. These are often referred to as Conservation Area Character Appraisals (CAA) and Conservation Area Management Plans (CAMPs).

The Wick: Pulteneytown Conservation Area was designated by Highland Council in 2000 and the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan below are the result of the first formal review undertaken of the conservation area since this designation, and the first time an appraisal and management plan have been developed for Pulteneytown. Both reports have been through public consultation and are awaiting formal adoption as planning guidance by Members of the Council’s Infrastructure, Environment & Economy Committee.