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Friday, 14 May 2010

South Ayrshire Council consult public
about future local development plans

If you are interested in how South Ayrshire will look in the future, then South Ayrshire Council wants to hear from you during a major consultation exercise, which is now underway.

The Council is consulting on its Main Issues Report, which sets out options for changes to key planning policies and on where developments should and should not take place across South Ayrshire.

The report and the feedback received during the consultation will be used to draw up South Ayrshire’s Local Development Plan, which will set out how our towns and countryside will be managed over the next 10 to 20 years.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Councillors and officers from the Local Development Plan Project Board launch the Main Issues Report consultation. Left to right are: Councillor John Allan; James Hall, Supervisory Planner; Councillor John McDowall; Christina Cox, Planning Manager; Graham Peterkin Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Development and Environment; Councillor Peter Convery; Neale McIlvanney, Supervisory Planner; Councillor Margaret Toner; Councillor Ian Fitzsimmons; Mike Newall, Head of Planning and Enterprise; Councillor Douglas Campbell ;and Councillor Alec Oattes. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The Local Development Plan will be the main consideration when determining planning applications. It could potentially impact on everyone living and working in South Ayrshire, so it’s important you have your say.

The aim of the Main Issues Report is to bring forward a vision to grow our local economy by:

* enhancing the natural and built environment;
* achieving housing growth in a volatile market;
* improving transport infrastructure;
* supporting green sector jobs;
* regenerating town centres;
* allowing rural areas to thrive;
* enhancing the role of Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Ayr and Troon Ports; and
* responding to climate change.

The issues it considers include how to maximise the potential of the major gateways like the airport, minimise transport congestion and where future housing developments should be located.

Local people are now being asked for their views on these very matters.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure, and Chair of the Local Development Plan Project Board said: “I cannot stress enough how important it is for the residents of South Ayrshire to get involved in this consultation exercise. The Main Issues Report and the Local Development Plan will set out the framework for the changes that will happen across South Ayrshire in the years to come, so make sure you have your say now.

“I know it can be hard to imagine what something like a Local Development Plan might mean for you but this will be the major document considered when determining planning applications regarding – for example – new supermarkets, houses or transport interchanges.

“I’m sure we all have views on subjects like this so now is the time to put them forward.”

South Ayrshire Council has organised four community discussions to provide the opportunity for local residents to find out further information and to ask questions on the Main Issues Report.

These will take place between 6pm and 8pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 19 May – Ayr Town Hall
Thursday 20 May – Girvan Academy
Thursday 27 May – Maybole Town Hall
Wednesday 2 June – Troon Walker Hall

A further session is also being arranged in Prestwick for the end of June/ early July.
Attendance at any of these events must be confirmed by booking, which can be done by calling 01292 616693 or via e-mail at

You can also view and comment on the Main Issues Report through South Ayrshire Council’s website,

The consultation closes on 12 July 2010.

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