To help contribute to the delivery of new homes North Ayrshire Council took part in a Scottish Government pilot to make an SPZ to deliver housing. North Ayrshire’s SPZ is unique in that it aims to deliver housing on a large scale, aiming at volume housebuilders. The SPZ is located within an existing residential area in Irvine called Montgomerie Park.
Montgomerie Park has been allocated for residential development dating back to approximately 1989 with a capacity for approximately 950 new homes. To date (October 2019) 481 homes have been delivered . With slow delivery and sales rates post-recession the SPZ seeks to reinvigorate the housing market and test SPZ's as a tool to kickstart housing delivery of this scale.
The SPZ Scheme
The Montgomerie Park SPZ is split into sites A and B covering a total of 14.5 acres (approx. 150 homes). Within these sites planning permission is granted upfront for residential development. The SPZ Scheme works by providing a framework of delivery through masterplanning and conditions to achieve high quality placemaking. If developers comply with the SPZ Scheme they do not need to apply for planning permission. Full details of the scheme are available in our SPZ info (PDF, 252kb) and SPZ consent (PDF, 4.56mb) documents.
The aim of the Montgomerie Park SPZ is to provide a framework for delivery allowing developers flexibility and certainty whilst through conditions safeguarding amenity.
A six week deposit consultation ran from the 14 August 2019 until the 25 September 2019. 21 representations were received to the Scheme. A small number of non-material modifications were made to the Scheme to take account of comments made.
The proposed SPZ Scheme was subsequently approved by the Planning Committee on the 2 October 2019.
View a list of the non-material modifications (PDF, 105kb) made for the SPZ Scheme and our Statement of Decisions (PDF, 148kb)
Once the 28 day period has passed (16 October 2019 to 13 November 2019) the Montgomerie Park SPZ Scheme will be adopted, unless a direction is served within this period.