Development Management is responsible for the determination and monitoring of planning applications, and other associated applications (listed building consent, advertisement consent etc) submitted to the Council under the Planning Acts.
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.
The local authority prepares local plans to address conservation and development issues and set out policies on these matters. Local plans provide the basis for making decisions on planning applications.
A 'listed building' is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national historical or architectural interest. The council are responsible for considering applications to demolish a listed building or for any alteration or extension which would affect its character as a building of architectural or historic interest
The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 establishes a new development planning system. In future the statutory development plan for the Outer Hebrides will comprise a single Local Development Plan (LDP). This will include a strategic vision and framework of policies and proposals to guide development and manage land use change in the Outer Hebrides. It will be used by the Comhairle to assess and determine planning applications.
Planning - street names and numbering - statutory register
Sections 64 and 65 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847, and Sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Public Health Act of 1925 (in England and Wales) or Section 97 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 empowers the council to allocate statutory addresses.
The council may, in relation to any street or road to which the public have access: (a) give such name to it as they think fit; (b) after advertising in a newspaper circulating in their area any proposal to alter its name and taking into account any representations thereupon made to them within 28 days after the date of the first publication of the advertisement, alter any such name; (c) affix, paint or mark its name on any premises, fence, lamp post, pole or other structure in it so as to be readily legible to members of the public there, and erect poles or other structures there for that purpose; (d) give each of the premises in it such distinguishing number as they think fit; alter that number when necessary; and require the owner of each of the premises, by notice served on him, to affix or paint that number on his premises so that it is readily legible from the nearest part of the public place giving access to the premises.
Once statutory addresses have been allocated, Royal Mail Address Management Centre is notified for allocation of postcodes and emergency and other services are notified.
Each council has responsibility for measuring the quality of ambient air to ensure that it meets required standards in relation to the concentration of a defined range of pollutants such as lead, nitrogen dioxide, benzene etc. The local authority is also required to keep a copy of any orders made under the Clean Air Act 1993: Part III s18-22, Sch.1 (plus related Regulations and Orders under the Act). This information is available from www.uksmokecontrolareas.co.uk
The Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA s78R(1); s78B(3); s78G(3) and the Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000: Article 14 oblige local authorities to maintain a register of contaminated land which is available for public inspection.
Information about port facilities within the local area. Port facilities are usually operated by the local port authority but information and some services may be jointly provided with the local authority in whose are the port is situated.
In order to ensure that animal diseases are not imported into Great Britain DEFRA enforces a system of controls which rely primarily on imported animals being accompanied by health certification and being subject to post-import veterinary inspection. Implementation of import regulations is the responsibility of the port authority into which the animals are imported.
The Publication Scheme sets out what information Comhairle nan Eilean Siar publishes or intends to publish for the benefit of the public, how and when this information will be published and whether the information is available free of charge or on payment. Most of the information which is included in this Publication Scheme is already publicly available; the Scheme also provides advice on how this information can be accessed.