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Vacant & Derelict Land 


North Ayrshire Council maintains a register of vacant and derelict land as part of the annual Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey.

We visit, assess, and record changes to sites greater than 0.1 hectare that:

  • have previously been developed
  • are now considered unused or damaged

Sites that have fallen out of use since the previous year are added to the register. We remove sites that have been developed, or no longer meet selection criteria. 

Our StoryMap shows current sites.

We contact the owners of vacant and derelict sites to find out:

  • their ambitions and intentions
  • information on timescales
  • any difficulties that have prevented development or sale of the site

This information helps to inform potential regeneration activity.


The Vacant and Derelict Land Fund aims to tackle long-term vacant and derelict land in Scotland. The fund focuses on projects that promote innovation in greening techniques for vacant and derelict land sites. Its objectives are to:

  • boost economic growth
  • create jobs
  • promote environmental justice and improve quality of life
  • support communities to flourish and tackle inequalities

North Ayrshire Council is one of five local Authorities to receive a share of the fund. Funding is part of local government budget settlement, as agreed with Scottish Government. Expenditure of funds is approved annually by council Cabinet. This is subject to the submission and approval of a local delivery plan to the Scottish Government.

Cabinet reports:


Following consultations, with the public and other stakeholders in 2022, the Vacant and Derelict Land Strategy underwent a review and update process. The revised document was officially endorsed by Cabinet on 3 October 2023. 

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