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The subject plan provides detailed guidance relating to sustainable opencast coal extraction throughout the whole of East Ayrshire. It establishes a clear policy framework within which individual opencast coal development proposals will be assessed.

The plan has been prepared to bring to the attention of the general public and other interested parties the main issues which have arisen through the development of opencasting within the area. It also details the Council’s approach by which these issues can be addressed. It provides clear advice to developers on the Council’s approach to opencast proposals and identifies criteria for the operation, restoration, aftercare and after-use of opencast sites.

To view the Opencast Coal Subject Plan please follow the links under the further information section. 

Copies of the plan are also now available for inspection at local libraries and at the Planning Office. 

Contact Information

Planning and Building Standards
Opera House
8 John Finnie Street
Telephone: 01563 576790