Review of Local Development Plan (LDP2)

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Examination

On 5 March, 2021, the Scottish Ministers appointed Ms. Claire Milne B.Sc.(Hons), DipTP, MBA, MRTPI, Reporter, to carry out the Examination of MPLDP2 and unresolved representations submitted in respect of it. Additional Reporters may be appointed to speed up the process. The administration of the Examination will be carried out by the Scottish Government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA). Examination documents are available to view on the DPEA’s web site here. Further guidance on the examination process is available from the Scottish Government’s website here.

Background

On 15 March 2015, the Council approved the preparation of the replacement South Ayrshire Local Development Plan (LDP2). Local Development Plans provide 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. They allocate sites, either for new development, such as housing, or sites to be protected. They also include policies that guide decisions on all planning applications.

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. Consultation on the Proposed Local Development Plan 2(PLDP2) ended on 25 November 2019.

At its meeting on 24 March 2020, South Ayrshire Council received a report on representations received in response to the Autumn 2019 consultation on the Proposed Replacement South Ayrshire Local Development Plan (PLDP2), together with officers’ recommendations for action in response to them. Having considered the Report, the Council decided, amongst other things, to modify PLDP2 and, in accordance with statutory requirements, publish the modified Proposed Plan (MPLDP2) and associated Addendum to the Environmental Report (ER Addendum) for public consultation. In particular, the Council decided (see minute), to “withdraw the proposed affordable housing site at Darley Golf Course [Troon] from the Proposed Plan due to matters related to site effectiveness and the volume of public concern.”

Having considered a report on the outcome of the July/August 2020 public consultation undertaken on MPLDP2, at its meeting on 1 September 2020, the Council agreed to submit the Plan to the Scottish Ministers, for formal Examination. MPLDP2 was submitted to the Scottish Government’s Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA), for Examination, on 12 December 2020, with some documents being re-submitted on 19 February 2021, to meet the DPEA’s requirements. The Examination process normally lasts between 6 and 9 months from the appointment of a Reporter/s, so the Council hopes to be in a position to adopt LDP2 in late autumn 2021.

The process for preparation and adoption of LDP2 is detailed in the Development Plan Scheme.