Local development plans

Development Plan Scheme

We are currently working on two new local development plans for East Ayrshire. The Minerals Local Development Plan will cover mineral and opencast coal extraction and the East Ayrshire Local Development Plan will cover all other topic areas including housing, the natural and built environment, renewable energy, retail and business and industry amongst others. You can find out more about the plans in our Development Plan Scheme.

East Ayrshire Local Development Plan (EALDP): Proposed Plan stage

Preparation of the East Ayrshire Local Development Plan is almost complete. The MIR was published in November 2012 and a formal consultation on this document ran until late January 2013. During this time we held a number of public consultation events and approximately 140 people submitted representations.

The EALDP including the Proposed Plan, Draft Action Programme, Supplementary Guidance on Financial Guarantees, Affordable Housing and Planning for Wind Energy and the Environmental Report were all approved by Council on 19 February 2015 and was published for consultation in March 2015 for formal representations which ended on Friday 24th April 2015.

In total, we received 321 formal representations and 10 letters of support for the Proposed Plan during the consultation period. 637 individual points of representation were raised. In line with the requirements of Scottish Ministers, all 155 points raised in representations have been summarised and grouped into issues. All those representations have been considered and assessed and the Proposed Plan was submitted to Scottish Ministers for examination on 8th October 2015.

The Schedule 4 document sets out and summarises all of the representations received, by issue, along with the Council's response to them.

Examination of Proposed Local Development Plan

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.

We will now move to adoption of the Local Development Plan which is anticipated in March/April 2017.

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.

Proposed Plan as Modified

The Proposed Plan as modified consits of:

The modifications can be accessed here:

draft 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. This will  be updated within 3 months of adoption of the Proposed Plan.

The Environmental Report provides an assessment of the environmental impacts and mitigation measures for these where appropriate.

An Equalities Impact Assessment of the proposed plan as modified has also been carried out and a summary of this is available.

The Proposed Plan as modified will be considered by Council on the 23rd February 2017. This page will be updated thereafter with further details. Information on the Council meeting can be accessed here: https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/MVC/Committees/Committees/Index/364/10

Supplementary guidance associated with the plan is also available.

East Ayrshire Minerals Local Development Plan

We are currently in the process of producing a Minerals Local Development Plan (MLDP). The timetable for production of this plan is detailed in our Development Plan Scheme.

A Minerals Main Issues Report (MIR) has now been published. After analysing responses to the MIR, we will prepare and publish the Proposed Minerals Local Development Plan. It will contain a Vision Statement, giving   a broad view of what minerals in East Ayrshire could look like in 20 years time. Once the consultation on the Proposed Plan is complete, all objections and responses received will be assessed. We will publish the Proposed Plan in November/December 2017 for adoption in December 2018.

East Ayrshire Local Development Plan 2

Work on the second East Ayrshire Local Development Plan is underway. We are currently undertaking preparatory work, including surveys and land audits. The MIR for this will be published in July 2017, with the proposed plan to follow in October 2018. We anticipate adoption of East Ayrshire Local Development Plan in December 2020. You can find further details in the Development Plan Scheme.

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Planning & Economic Development
Telephone: 01563 576790
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