The council, together with Scottish Natural Heritage have commissioned Consultant Landscape Architects to update the Argyll and Bute Landscape Wind Energy Capacity Study 2012. The study provides technical information which will be used to help the Council assess applications for wind energy developments and inform the development of the windfarm/wind turbine policies in the proposed Local Development Plan (LDP). The updated study was approved by the Councils Planning Protective Services and Licensing Committee on 20th September 2017.
Development Management Zones designated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015. For the purposes of this plan the term settlement applies to the following development management zones: main towns and key settlements; key rural settlements, villages and minor settlements. Main towns are the settlements of Campbeltown, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Lochgilphead/Ardrishaig, Oban and Rothesay; the main towns constitute a development management zone wherein there is a general capacity to successfully absorb small, medium and large scale development. Key settlements is the collective term for six small towns and villages where the Argyll and Bute LDP seeks to focus employment-led investment and to concentrate larger scales of development opportunity. Key rural settlements is the collective name for 27 small settlements that offer a range of services and some potential for up to medium scale growth including delivery by masterplans or community led action. Villages and Minor Settlements are small, generally compact settlements containing at least 6 dwelling houses that constitute a development management zone wherein there is a general capacity to successfully absorb only small scale development.
Core paths, as the most important routes in the area, provide a basic framework of routes which meets community needs and minimises any potential conflict with land management operations. They provide opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding and other activities for people of all abilities. Core Paths include existing paths or new paths and the surface may vary from beaten earth paths, to surfaced paths and tracks.
Areas of valued open space, sports pitches and playing fields as identified in the Proposal Maps of the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015
Development Management Zones as defined in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015, comprising Main Towns and Key Settlements, Key Rural Settlements, Villages and minor settlements, Countryside zone, Greenbelt, Rural opportunity areas and Very sensitive countryside
Delineation of footpaths and designated rights of way across South Ayrshire. Please note that not all footpaths are considered core paths nor are they automatically rights of way.
Safeguarding zones for developments around Prestwick Airport
The LDP is a strategic land use plan that sets out strategic spatial priorities and policies for South Ayrshire and will secure land for specified uses (e.g. housing/industry etc.) to provide certainty for development.
A Development Management Zone which, as designated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015, corresponds to areas wherein there is a general capacity to successfully absorb small scale development including development in the open countryside
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.