Historic Environment

South Ayrshire's urban and rural environment has a historical dimension that contributes to its distinctive quality and character. This is most noticeable in our built heritage such as ancient monuments; archaeological sites and landscapes; historic buildings; townscapes; parks; gardens and designed landscapes. The historic environment encompasses the setting in which these features sit, and the patterns of past use in landscapes and in our towns, villages and streets. It also has less tangible aspects recognised as the historical, artistic, literary, and scenic associations of places and landscapes. These various elements contribute fundamentally to a sense of place and cultural identity.

The Planning Service is responsible for the protection and management of the historic environment through the designation and enhancement of conservation areas, the formulation of policy, and the processing of applications for planning permission, listed building consent, and other related statutory consents. It also has duties in relation to listed buildings, scheduled monuments and historic gardens and designed landscapes. South Ayrshire Council’s planning policy on the Historic Environment is set out within the adopted South Ayrshire Local Development Plan, and is augmented by Supplementary Guidance: Historic Environment.

The Planning Service is responsible for the protection and management of the historic environment through the designation and enhancement of conservation areas, the formulation of policy, and the processing of applications for planning permission, listed building consent, planning and related statutory consents. It also has duties in relation to listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments and historic gardens and designed landscapes. South Ayrshire Council’s planning policy on the Historic Environment is set out on page 48 of the adopted South Ayrshire Local Development Plan and is augmented by Supplementary Guidance: Historic Environment.

There are currently twenty three designated conservation areas in South Ayrshire and over nine hundred listed buildings (see map)

Contact

Planning Service
Telephone Number: 0300 123 0900
E-mail: localdevelopmentplans@south-ayrshire.gov.uk