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    Boundary dataset depicting the Polling Districts across South Ayrshire. Polling Districts delineate properties assigned to a particular polling place and/or polling station for local and national elections.

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    Locality planning is a key element of Health & Social Care Integration and with the enactment of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act, 2014 has become a legal requirement in relation to the planning and delivery of heath and social care services. The legislation requires that South Ayrshire is divided into localities for the purpose of preparing a Strategic Plan. Each locality consists of a number of Neighbourhood Areas, each of which has a Neighbourhood Action Plan. Planning work at locality level will be informed, in part, by information on identified needs from each neighbourhood and by the priorities listed in Neighbourhood Action Plans.

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    Boundary dataset depicting the Community Councils across South Ayrshire. Community Councils (CCs) are voluntary organisations set up by statute and run by local residents to act on behalf of their area. Their specific role can vary according to their local area’s needs.

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    The central core area (darkest sky) of the Galloway Dark Sky Park. The Galloway Forest Park received Gold Tier Dark Sky Park Status from the International Dark Sky Association in 2009 due to the exceptional quality of the night sky.

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    Boundaries of South Ayrshire land supply sites for housing with a capacity for 4 or more homes. The South Ayrshire Land Supply sites were agreed following an audit meeting between South Ayrshire Council as local planning authority and Homes for Scotland as representatives of the house building industry. The audit meets the requirements of Scottish Planning Policy to monitor the minimum 5-year effective land supply.

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    Boundary dataset depicting the catchment area for Roman Catholic primary schools across South Ayrshire.

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    Boundary dataset depicting the catchment area for non-denominational primary schools across South Ayrshire.

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    A Tree Preservation Order imposes conditions for the preservation of trees, groups of trees or woodlands in South Ayrshire, by prohibiting the cutting down, topping, lopping or the wilful destruction of trees, etc. except without the Council's consent. This layer depicts such Tree Preservation Orders across the area.

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    Boundaries for designated greenbelts as defined in the South Ayrshire Local Development Plan. The greenbelt areas provide an effective method of: • protecting the operational needs of Prestwick Airport. • managing the development pressures placed on land around Ayr, Prestwick and Troon in terms of maintaining the identity of towns and preventing coalescence; • maintaining the landscape setting of settlements; • providing recreational opportunities; • and protecting good quality agricultural land.

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    Boundary dataset depicting the catchment area for Roman Catholic secondary schools across South Ayrshire.