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East Ayrshire Local Development Plan

East Ayrshire Council has published a Main Issues Report (MIR), Interim Environmental Report and Monitoring Statement. This is first statutory stage in the preparation of the East Ayrshire Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2).

Main issues report

The Main Issues Report (PDF 67.89Mb) sets out, in land use terms, key areas of change facing East Ayrshire and presents one or more options for their future development. It is designed to engage and consult with the public and others on planning issues in the area.

Interim environmental report

The Interim Environmental Report (PDF 2.07Mb) assesses the significant environmental impacts of the MIR issues and options and sets out mitigation measures where appropriate.

We have also prepared an Interim Equalities Impact Assessment of the MIR which can be provided upon request.

Monitoring statement

We have published a Monitoring Statement (PDF 4.83Mb) which summarises the evidence base for Local Development Plan 2. It focuses on the impact of the plan on area and population indicators and on how far the objectives and vision of the previous Plan(s) have been realised. The information contained in this Monitoring Statement has informed the Main Issues Report and will inform the Proposed Plan while providing a baseline for future monitoring.


Consultation on the Main Issues Report plays a key part in shaping Local Development Plan 2 which will, in time, replace both the existing East Ayrshire Local Development Plan 2017 and the East Ayrshire Minerals Local Development Plan 2020. 

Our Local Development Plan 2 will set out the strategy and policies which will guide development to the most appropriate places and will play a key role in determining planning applications.

Impact of coronavirus on LDP engagement plans

Due to the restrictions in place to control the incidence or transmission of COVID-19 pandemic, we regret  we cannot currently offer  an option to inspect the report at a Council office or library. For the same reason, we cannot hold public engagement events as part of our MIR consultation. 

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 provides temporary legislation that allows public authorities to publish or make documents available for inspection electronically. You can view copies of the Main Issues Report, Interim Environmental Report and the Monitoring Statement.

The ability to hold engagement events in other ways, such as online, is currently being explored. We will post updates on this page.

Under the current circumstances, with the social distancing restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19 and the effect this is having public consultation and engagement events for the MIR, we have prepared presentation slides for specific issues outlined within the Main Issues Report. This is to aid understanding and provide some quick information on certain key issues of that we have identified for LDP2.

Making a representation

You can make representations on the Main Issues Report and comments relating to the Interim Environmental Report:


Comment online using our smart survey


Download a form

Download a representation form (PDF 516Kb)

By post

East Ayrshire Council
Planning and Economic Development
Development and Regeneration TeamSave
Opera House
8 John Finnie Street
Kilmarnock, KA1 1DD

Please make sure your representations clearly state your name and address and the matters to which they relate. You must submit your representations before 4pm on Friday 31 July 2020.

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We provide regular email bulletins about the progress and deadlines for LDP2 using our StayConnected system. You can sign up here for regular email alerts about this and other topics of your choice. No details required except your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Adoption of the local development plan 2017

The East Ayrshire Local Development Plan was adopted in April 2017.

The adopted Plan comprises:

LDP Online MappingThe Local Development Plan is also available on Online Mapping with interactive links to the relevant policies and information.

An Action Programme supports the delivery of the EALDP and sets out the actions and partnerships that are necessary to implement the strategy and proposals of the plan. The Action Programme was reviewed and updated in 2019. 

The Environmental Report provides an assessment of the environmental impacts and mitigation measures for these where appropriate.  The post-Adoption Statement has been prepared to demonstrate how the findings of the Strategic Environmental Assessment process have been incorporated into the LDP.

An Equalities Impact Assessment of the proposed plan has also been carried out and a summary of this is available. The post-Adoption Statement has been prepared to demonstrate how the findings of the Strategic Environmental Assessment process have been incorporated into the LDP.

Supplementary guidance associated with the plan is also available.

EALDP policy index

A full list of all LDP policies and links in one handy location.

Background to the EALDP 2017

Prior to adoption, and an examination into all unresolved issues in relation to the Proposed Local Development Plan was held by Scottish Government Reporters between November 2015 and November 2016. The Reporter’s final report detailing all findings and recommendations are available in the Examination Report.

Further details on the examination of the Plan can be accessed on the Scottish Government’s website: SG Planning and Environment Appeals Division and enter reference LDP-190-2 in the Search by Case Reference field.

The modifications made as a result of the Examination can be accessed here:

The Proposed Plan as modified was considered by Council on the 23 February 2017 and adopted on the 3 April 2017. View information on the Council meetings.

Further background papers that may be of interest comprise:

Development plan scheme

The East Ayrshire Local Development Plan Scheme 2019 sets out the Council’s programme for preparing and reviewing the Local Development Plan and outlines what is likely to be involved at each stage of the plan preparation process. You can view the Development Plan Scheme here: Development Plan Scheme.

Contact Information

Planning & Economic Development
Telephone: 01563 576790