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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 areas of land at the ends of the Prestwick Airport runways within which development is restricted in order to control the number of people on the ground at risk of death or injury in the event of an aircraft accident on take–off or landing.

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    All of South Ayrshire is divided into wards for local government elections; each ward elects three or four councillors who represent their area in the running of the Council.

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    Administrative boundaries for all towns and villages with a population of more than 100 and with a recognised nucleus of village life, such as a school, local shop or public house, as defined in the South Ayrshire Local Development Plan. The boundaries defined include activities and land uses normally considered as being an integral element of these areas - (schools, shops, factories, houses and their gardens being prime examples of these). Great care has been taken in defining the boundaries of the settlements to allow for planned expansion whilst providing a clear distinction between what are areas of built/urban development (town) and what are areas of non-urban or rural development (country). All Planning policies applicable to towns are enforced within these settlement boundaries.

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    Areas of notable environmental or historical interest or importance which are protected by Planning regulations against undesirable changes

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    Polygon dataset depicting historic landfill sites across South Ayrshire. Historic landfill sites are places where waste was received to be buried and are now closed or covered.

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    The employment land supply is intended to meet the requirements of Scottish Planning Policy, which states (at paragraph 46) that: - “Planning authorities should ensure there is a range and choice of marketable sites and locations for businesses allocated in development plans, including opportunities for mixed use development, to meet anticipated requirements and a variety of size and quality requirements”.

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    Galloway Forest Park was established in 1947 and is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland.

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    Areas of land which were previously developed, and that now lie vacant or derelict