Local Development Plan
The South Ayrshire Local Development Plan (LDP) was adopted on 23rd September 2014. The LDP is a strategic land use plan
that sets out strategic spatial priorities and policies for South Ayrshire and will secure land for specified
uses (e.g. housing/industry etc.) to provide certainty for development. The Local Development Plan replaces the
South Ayrshire Local Plan and the Ayrshire Joint Structure Plan as the Council’s adopted development plan. All planning
applications will be assessed against the policies in the South Ayrshire Local Development Plan.
View the South Ayrshire Local Development Plan and relevant background documents.
Development Plan Review
On 17th March 2015, the Council approved the
commencement of two new local development plans. A subject-specific local development plan for town centres and retailing
has now been submitted to Scottish Ministers for examination – you can view the proposed LDP below. It is also intended to
commence a full development plan review in early 2016. Further details of this will be published, including a full development
plan scheme, nearer the time.
Town Centre and Retail Local Development Plan: Proposed Plan
The Council approved its Town Centre Retail Proposed LDP [PLDP] on 17th December 2015, for public consultation. The PLDP sets out the Council's vision
for its town centres, and, particularly Ayr town centre, as the largest town centre in South Ayrshire. It also set out the policies that affect
retail developments in and out of town centres.
Town Centre and Retail LDP: Main Issues Report
In addition to the South Ayrshire Local Development Plan, the Council also has supplementary planning guidance, which provides planning guidance and policies on specific subjects. Supplementary planning guidance supports the policies contained within the Local Development Plan. Following the adoption of the Local Development Plan, new supplementary planning guidance and updated guidance will be produced during 2014 and 2015. View the current range of supplementary planning guidance documents.