Review of Local Development Plan (LDP2)

The Council has embarked on work to prepare its replacement Local Development Plan with the approval of the commencement of its second Local Development Plan (LDP2).

Local Development Plans provided the vision for how communities will grow and develop in the future. The intention is that they provide certainty for communities and investors alike about where development should take place and where it should not and the supporting infrastructure required for growth. It allocates sites, either for new development, such as housing, or sites to be protected. It also includes policies that guide decisions on all planning applications. For more information on local development planning visit

On 27 June, South Ayrshire Council approved the Proposed Replacement South Ayrshire Local Development Plan (PLDP2) for publication and public consultation, here. PLDP2 is a concise, spatial, land use planning document, required by law, which sets out the Council’s settled view of how it envisages South Ayrshire will be developed over the ten year period from its adoption, a revised planning policy framework and a broad indication of the scale and location of growth in the area over a further ten years. When adopted, PLDP2 will supersede the adopted South Ayrshire Local Development Plan (2014) and Town Centre and Retail Local Development Plan (2017), becoming the planning policy framework against which all development proposals will be assessed. Before adopting PLDP2, the Council must provide an opportunity for the public to comment on it.

Persons wishing to make representations on PLDP2 should do so, below, by 16:00 on 15 November 2019.

View and comment on the PLDP2

Printed copies of PLDP2 are also available at:

  • all public libraries in South Ayrshire, during normal opening hours;
  • all Council Customer Service Centres, during normal opening hours; and
  • Burns House, Burns Statue Square, Ayr, KA7 1UT, between 08:45-16:45, Mondays to Thursdays, and between 08:45-16:00 on Fridays (excluding public holidays). The Environmental Report is only available to view below. The consultation period for the documents will run from 25 September 2019 until 15 November 2019.

To assist members of the public in understanding PLDP2 and how it was prepared, public exhibitions will be held at the following venues and times:

TroonMonday, 30 September 2019Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF10am-6.30pm (planning officers attending 4-6pm)
PrestwickFriday, 4 October 2019Prestwick Community Centre, 50 Caerlaverock Road, Prestwick KA9 1HP10am-6.30pm (planning officers attending 4-6pm)
GirvanMonday, 7 October 2019Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan, KA26 9HE11.15am-1pm and 2pm -6.30pm (planning officers attending 4-6pm)
AyrTuesday, 8 October 2019Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB10am-6.30pm (planning officers attending 4-6pm)
MayboleThursday, 10 October 2019Carrick Centre, Culzean Road, Maybole, KA19 7DE10am- 6.30pm (planning officers attending 4-6pm)
AyrTuesday, 22 October 2019Burns House, Burns Statue Square, Ayr, KA7 1UT10am-4.45pm (planning officers attending 2.30-4.30pm

Planning officers will be available at each venue during the times specified above, to answer questions, clarify aspects of the Plan, and provide advice on how to make formal representations on its content.

The consultation period for the documents will run from 25 September 2019 until 15 November 2019.

Members of the public unable to make an on-line submission may submit representations in writing to:

Lead Development Planner, South Ayrshire Council, Planning and Building Standards Service, Fifth Floor, Burns House, 16 Burns Statue Square, Ayr, KA7 1UT.

-specifying clearly to which element of PLDP2 (strategy, policy or proposal) their representation relates. Comment forms will also be available for completion at all public libraries. Companies, organisations, development industry professionals and all others will be expected to submit any representations on-line.

Expressions of opinion on the Environmental Report may be submitted by e-mail to or, in writing, to the above address, by 16:00 on 15 November 2019, stating clearly that they relate to the Environmental Report only.

Further information on the process, if required, may be obtained by telephoning the Development Planning & Customers Team on 01292 616693, during the Burns House opening hours specified above.

What happens next?

The next stage of the process to replace the existing Local Development Plan will be the drafting of the ‘Proposed Plan’ document. The Proposed Plan will contain the Council’s settled/preferred position on future development sites, strategies and policies. It had been anticipated that the Proposed Plan would be published by the end of 2018 but it will now be published in the Summer of 2019. (The process is detailed in the Development Plan Scheme. This will be amended in due course to reflect the recent change in anticipated timescales).

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