Adopted Local Development Plan

The development plan for North Ayrshire comprises the adopted Local Development Plan (LDP2) and the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4).

North Ayrshire Council adopted the current Local Development Plan on 28 November 2019. Scottish Ministers adopted National Planning Framework 4 on 13 February 2023.

The Local Development Plan (LDP) sets out how we aim to guide development and investment in our area over the next 20 years and includes:

  • Our spatial development strategy: the principles we will use to direct the right development to the right place
  • Our placemaking policy: the key criteria that will allow us to deliver the six qualities of successful places
  • Our strategic development areas and the key factors we will consider in developing these major areas of change

Detailed policies provide additional criteria and more detail about how we will consider proposals for specific uses or developments.

You can view an interactive map version of our new Local Development Plan. A Storymap presentation of the plan is also available to view. 

We have commenced the preparation of a new Local Development Plan.

Action Programme

Our Local Development Plan Action Programme sets out how both the policies and proposals of the Local Development Plan will be delivered.


The Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) was appointed by Scottish Ministers. An examination of the Proposed North Ayrshire Council Local Development Plan was conducted in 2018. The examination considered 18 issues arising from unresolved representations identified by the council to the Proposed Local Development Plan. The Report of the Examination was submitted to the Council in July 2019.

View the Report, Table of Reporter's recommendations, and other examination documents.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

LDP2 has been subject of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA): 

The Scoping and Environmental Reports can be found on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Gateway and Database.

Further assessments and background documents, which informed the preparation of LDP2, can be requested from the Strategic Planning team.

Contact Planning - Strategic Planning



01294 324763


Strategic Planning, Planning Services, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE