Other Planning Guidance 

Housing in the Countryside Policy Guidance Note

Following the approval of the Planning Committee on 16 June 2021, we have published a policy guidance note for new housing in the countryside. This follows a six week consultation on the Draft Policy Guidance Note which was undertaken to inform the final guidance. View a summary of the consultation process and responses received.  

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 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.

View the Housing in the Countryside Note

Local Development Plan Background Documents

These documents have helped inform preparation of the latest 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

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