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The design of the built environment can affect the overall perception of an area formed by the people who live there and visitors to the area. By ensuring that all development is based on good design practice, incorporating sensitive design features in keeping with good design principles, the quality of life for residents and future developers can be greatly enhanced and improved.

The documents listed under the online forms section provide advice and guidance on various aspects of East Ayrshire planning design guidance. They aim to build on the best elements of the built environment found in East Ayrshire by formulating a series of design policies aimed at making East Ayrshire a more attractive place in which to live and invest.

The intention of the design policies is not to restrict development, but to ensure that all proposed developments are of the highest quality of design, in keeping with and sympathetic to, the character and appearance of the area in which it is proposed.

With regard to new residential development, developers are advised to access the Scottish Government's 'Designing Streets' Policy.

Contact Information

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