Vacant and derelict land

What is the Vacant and Derelict Land Survey?

Use this storymap to explore South Ayrshire' s Vacant and Derelict Land Survey.

The Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (SVDLS) is a survey undertaken to establish the extent and state of vacant and derelict land in Scotland. The survey has been operating since 1988 and is managed by the Scottish Government Communities Analysis Division. Most Councils submit data annually with the Survey base date of 31st March. The data collected provides an invaluable source of information relating to vacant and derelict sites and assists in reinforcing and justifying national policy established to bring about the re-use and regeneration of these land resources.

What sites should be included?

  • Vacant land
  • Vacant land and buildings
  • Derelict sites

South Ayrshire Council’s 2019 return to the Scottish Government’s Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey contains a total of 79 derelict or (urban) vacant sites, amounting to a total area of 128 ha. This represents approximately 1% of the 2019 national total area of 19,790 ha (Scottish Government, 2019).

The 2019 results represent a net increase of vacant and derelict land by area of 26% between 2013 and 2019. It is noted that as a proportion of total area, there is a fair degree of increase in vacant and derelict land recorded; with a cumulative 26 ha of sites added to annual surveys between 2013 and 2019.

A considerable majority of South Ayrshire’s vacant and derelict land is situated within fairly concentrated localities at north Ayr and Prestwick Airport. It is noted that the Survey’s definitional threshold excludes sites <0.1ha in size. Hence any derelict or vacant land anecdotally known to exist which falls below this threshold, despite potential prominence in the context of urban centres, will not be recorded in the Survey.

View South Ayrshire’s Vacant and Derelict Land Survey return in a storymap