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Other Planning Guidance

Other Planning Guidance 

Housing in the Countryside Policy Guidance Note

Following the approval of the Planning Committee on 24th March 2021, we have published a draft policy guidance note for new housing in the countryside. Consultation on the Draft Policy Guidance Note is being undertaken to inform the final guidance.

The Adopted Local Development Plan (November 2019) sets out the limited circumstances in which we will support the development of new houses outwith our identified towns and villages, for example where it is proposed to convert or replace an existing building.

The purpose of the Draft Policy Guidance Note is to provide further detail to developers, applicants and communities on the relevant Local Development Plan policies and matters that should be considered when the development of one or more houses in the countryside is proposed. The Policy Guidance Note defines the key terms used in the policy and sets out key design principles that will apply in the consideration of such proposals.

You can view the Housing in the Countryside Policy Guidance Note (PDF, 574kb).

We are welcoming any comments on the guidance, which should be submitted by Friday 21st May 2021. Comments can be submitted by email to or by completing our survey.

Local Development Plan Background Documents

These documents have helped inform preparation of the Local Development Plan and provide guidance in addition to the policies of the plan.

Planning Guidance 

Development briefs

Development frameworks and conservation area assessments

We are currently reviewing and updating our planning guidance. Please contact by us by post or email to discuss the status of these documents. 

Contact Planning - Strategic Planning



01294 324763


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