f.Agreed plans related to property (e.g. regional, local plan, conservation plan, tourism development plan)

As indicated above, the Western Isles Structure Plan, both in current and revised draft form, makes provision for the protection of archaeological sites and historic buildings of significance. These provisions are reinforced by the Finalised Harris Local Plan, showing the commitment of the local authority to the conservation of the special qualities of places like St Kilda.

The Corporate Plan 1999-2004 of The National Trust for Scotland reinforces the statutory purposes of the Trust, all of which are relevant to the Trust’s care of St Kilda:

  • to ensure the conservation, through ownership or other means, of nationally important land, buildings and contents;
  • to enable people to visit and enjoy the Trust’s properties, to see and experience them in ways which are consistent with their conservation;
  • to influence and persuade others by example to share and support the Trust’s aims and work.

The NTS Conservation Principles now apply to all of the Trust’s properties, and aspire towards best practice for the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage. Amongst other things, the Principles suggest that: conservation decisions should be based on a systematic approach to evaluation of significance based on thorough knowledge and understanding; and that conservation should take into consideration all aspects of significance, both tangible and intangible.

The St Kilda Management Plan, a joint document produced by the NTS on behalf of those bodies with a direct responsibility for the management of St Kilda and which SNH approves as a working document for the National Nature Reserve, is described in 4j.

The marine SAC management scheme is a joint document that will be produced by a group of relevant and competent authorities to ensure the maintenance of favourable conservation status of the marine features of the marine SAC.