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Planning and building standards (COVID-19)

Cunninghame House remains closed to the public. Planning and Building Standards Services staff are working from home.  Please do not visit Cunninghame House as you will not be given access.

Otherwise, our services to North Ayrshire are continuing as normal. Decisions are taken on planning applications and building warrants every week under delegated powers. You can view a weekly list of planning applications.

Planning Committee and Local Review Body meetings

The Council’s third ‘virtual’ Planning Committee meeting was held on Wednesday 30 September, followed by a meeting of the Local Review Body.

The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held on 4th November 2020.

Planning General enquiries

For planning matters only (for building standards enquiries, see below), please send an email enquiry to eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or call us on one of the following numbers: 

  • North Coast & Three Towns: 01294 324794 or 01294 324320
  • Isle of Arran: 01294 324316
  • Irvine, Kilwinning & Garnock Valley: 01294 324313 or 01294 324318

Please leave your name, a contact telephone number and brief description of your enquiry as clearly as possible.

One of our planning team will call then you back to discuss your enquiry. We aim to return calls on the same or next working day.

Submitting planning applications

Posting a letter, document or paper planning application to Cunninghame House will result in delay.

The preferred way to make a planning application is:

For further details, view our information on making a planning application.

If you have a current planning application in the system, you can contact the case officer by:

  • email
  • telephone, using the number supplied to you when the application was registered

The officer will then call you back with an update.

Officers are now able to undertake site visits to most outdoor locations, subject to social distancing measures being practical and safe.

If an officer is unable to visit, you will be asked to provide photographs. This will help with the assessment of your application.

Viewing planning applications

Plans and documents can only be viewed online at this time.

We request that any comments you have on a planning application are sent to us using our eplanning system. Your personal details will not be published online.

To view plans, or to comment online, see our eplanning page

Planning enforcement

You can report a planning enforcement issue about any development you are concerned about to us online.

Complaints are normally investigated in terms of our Enforcement Charter, but may be subject to delay at the present time due to COVID-19 working arrangements.

Pre-application public events

Public events for forthcoming major planning applications are currently unable to be held in venues such as halls or libraries. However, virtual public events can be held and will be publicised by the relevant developer in advance.

Expiry of planning permissions 

The Scottish Government has extended the lifetime of planning permissions which would have expired during the coronavirus ‘emergency period.’ Please note, following the latest extension of the ‘emergency period’, planning permissions which would have expired between 6 April 2020 and 31 March 2021 will now not expire until 30 September 2021.

Building Standards 

Please do not use the above telephone numbers for Building Standards enquiries. Please see our Building Standards page for further information.

Instead, please telephone 01294 324348 or email BuildingStandards@north-ayrshire.gov.uk