Main issues report - minerals local development plan

In June 2016 we published a draft Main Issues Report (MIR) and launched a public consultation on its contents. As a result of that consultation, and taking into account the issues raised, we are now ready to present the Main Issues Report for public comment. The MIR focuses on what key planning policy changes are needed and sets out the Council’s main ideas for future minerals development. The MIR has been published by East Ayrshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Service alongside an Interim Environmental Report and Monitoring Statement, and associated Equalities Impact Assessment. This is the second stage in the preparation of the East Ayrshire Minerals Local Development Plan (MLDP) which will shape, and eventually replace the Opencast Coal Subject Plan 2003.

The MIR focuses on the big mineral development issues facing East Ayrshire, ranging from new extraction to restoration and community benefit and much more in between. It outlines possible approaches for tackling these issues and seeks the views of all stakeholders including local communities. Before we write a draft Proposed Plan we are inviting you to read the Main Issues Report and comment on it.

Once finalised, the MLDP will set out the strategy and policies to guide minerals development to the most appropriate places. It will play a key role in determining minerals related planning applications.

Our Monitoring Statement summarises the evidence base for the MLDP. This 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 gathered has influenced the MIR and will influence the Proposed MLDP and will provide a baseline for future monitoring.

Development plan scheme

Our Development Plan Scheme sets out the timetable for preparing the East Ayrshire Minerals Local Development Plan.

Proposal document

Download our MIR consultation report.

You can also read the MIR and associated documents at our offices in the Johnnie Walker Bond, Kilmarnock and Rothesay House, Cumnock from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4pm on Fridays, or at any East Ayrshire Library.


The public consultation is open until 4pm on Friday 24 February. Interested parties are invited to register interest, view the plans, attend drop-in discussion sessions and provide written submissions to the Council. 

How to comment

Please submit your comments by email: or post to:

East Ayrshire Council
Development Planning and Regeneration Manager
Economy and Skills
Planning and Economic Development
The Johnnie Walker Bond
Kilmarnock, KA1 1HU 

Representations should clearly state the name and address of the respondent and the matters to which they relate. Representations should be submitted before 4pm on Friday 24 February 2017.

Representation forms:

Information sessions

Two informal drop-in discussion events will be held to obtain views on the Main Issues Report:

  • 26 January 2017 – Boswell Centre, Auchinleck, 6pm - 8pm
  • 2 February 2017 – Reception Room, Grand Hall, Kilmarnock, 6pm – 8pm

Please note that no presentation or workshop event will be held on these occasions.

If you wish to attend any of these events or find out more, please register your interest by email at or telephone us on 01563 576758.

Contact Information

Planning & Economic Development
Telephone: 01563 576790
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