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Revitalising our economy

Local Development Plan (LDP) policies on revitalising our economy are listed below:

(i) Rowallan Business Park, Strategic Business Location, identified as site 153B on the Local Development Plan map (PDF 8.9Mb), is safeguarded for Business and Industrial uses associated with high quality and high amenity Class 4 Business and Class 6 Storage and Distribution uses.

(ii) Meiklewood / Mosside Strategic Business Location, identified as site 152B on the Local Development Plan map (PDF 8.9Mb), is safeguarded for high amenity and high quality Class 4, 5 and 6 strategic business and industrial uses. The Council will be supportive of the development of the site for business and industrial developments, which reflect, compliment and capitalise on the strategically important location of the site at north Kilmarnock.

(iii) Moorfield Park Strategic Business Location, identified as sites 158B and 160B on the Local Development Plan map (PDF 8.9Mb), are safeguarded for Class 5 and 6 uses only.

Proposed uses falling outwith those stated will not receive Council support.

Proposals for strategic, high quality Business and Industrial uses outwith Strategic Business Locations, as identified on the Local Development Plan maps, will only be acceptable in principle to the Council in locations with direct access to the strategic road and/or rail network and where the development meets with all other relevant LDP policies.

All new strategic business and industrial developments will require to meet with the public open space standards set out in Schedule 8 of the LDP. (PDF 18Mb)

Proposals for business and industrial developments falling within Classes 4, 5 or 6 of the Use Classes Order will be directed to those sites, outwith Strategic Business Locations, safeguarded for business and industrial use as detailed in Schedule 3 of volume 1 (PDF 18Mb) and on the Local Development Plan maps.

All new business and industrial developments will require to meet with the public open space standards set out in Schedule 8 of the LDP. (PDF 18Mb)

Outwith settlement boundaries, new business, industrial and commercial development, will be encouraged and supported by the Council only where the proposal relates to one or more of the following types of development:

(i) Identified Business and Industrial sites and Miscellaneous Sites, with the potential for business and industrial development as indicated on the Local Development Plan Maps

(ii) Developments relating to and supporting the traditional rural activities of agriculture and forestry where there is a demonstrated site specific locational need

(iii) Sensitive developments relating to recreational, tourism, leisure and sporting sectors

(iv) Rail freight based industrial uses at existing coal disposal points or coal loading facilities within existing and/or former surface coal mines served by rail

(v) Sympathetic farm diversification developments, supported by a 5 year business plan

(vi) Small scale business developments which operate entirely from rural residential properties or community based facilities

(vii) Renewable energy developments within the Rural Area that have been subject to detailed consideration against identified policy criteria

Proposals for development within the areas identified as suitable for Mixed Use, as identified on the Local Development Plan Maps, will be acceptable to the Council where they meet all of the following criteria:

(i) The site is primarily developed for business and industrial development

(ii) All uses proposed on the site are compatible with each other

(iii) A comprehensive master plan has been submitted for the site, including a detailed development and/or design brief

(iv) The developer has submitted a business plan detailing how the enabling development cross-funds the business and industrial development on the site

(v) The proposed development of the site complies with all other relevant LDP policies

Uses other than business and industrial will be permitted only where they enable the provision of business and industrial units to be built on site or lead to the provision of infrastructure identified in the masterplan to allow business and industrial units to be developed and safeguarded. Section 75 obligations will be required to secure business and industrial development on the sites, in addition to any other applicable infrastructure and financial requirements.

Outwith those sites and premises safeguarded for business, industrial or commercial purposes, alternative uses of land or premises currently or formerly used for business, industrial or commercial purposes will be considered acceptable where it can be demonstrated that:

(i) The proposed use is not detrimental to any surrounding established uses

(ii) The premise or land has been marketed for a significant period of time, at market value, without any interest from potential purchasers.  The developer must provide detailed evidence of this

The proposal will not reduce to unacceptable levels the amount of business, industrial or commercial land or premises, with the potential for future employment use, within that particular settlement or area.

The Council will be supportive of business or industrial developments within residential properties or associated outbuildings, where the proposal meets with the following criteria:

(i) The primary use of the property will remain residential

(ii) The business can be adequately accommodated within the existing property

(iii) The business and industrial use will not adversely affect the existing residential use of the property

(iv) The business and industrial use will not adversely impact on other residential properties and the character and amenity of the residential area

(v) Adequate car parking can be provided to the standards of the Ayrshire Roads Alliance

Contact Information

Planning & Economic Development
Telephone: 01563 576790