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Vacant & Derelict Land Survey

North Ayrshire Council’s Economic Development and Regeneration Service maintains a register of Vacant and Derelict Land (VDL) as part of the annual Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey.

We visit, assess and record changes to sites greater than 0.1 hectare (1000m2) in size that have previously been developed but are now considered unused or damaged. We also add new sites which have fallen out of use since the previous year and remove others that have been developed or no longer meet the selection criteria.

The assessment is published in spreadsheet format each year by Scottish Government, alongside information submitted by other local authorities. To make the information more accessible to stakeholders and communities, an interactive online map has been created showing sites currently identified on the register, available to view via the StoryMap.

To help keep our records up to date, Regeneration Services continue to contact owners of Vacant and Derelict sites to understand their ambitions and intentions. Furthermore, information on timescales and any constraints or difficulties that have thus far prevented the development or sale of the site. This information is recorded to inform potential regeneration activity.

Any information or enquires can be submitted to regeneration@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Vacant & Derelict Land Funding

The Vacant and Derelict Land Fund (VDLF) aims to tackle long-term vacant and derelict land in Scotland. Its objectives are:

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

It is an element of the local government budget settlement, as agreed with Scottish Government.

The fund focuses on projects that promote innovation in both temporary and longer term greening techniques for vacant and derelict land sites.

North Ayrshire Council is currently one of five Local Authorities to receive a share of the fund from the Scottish Government and has done so since 2016/2017.

The Council’s Cabinet approves the expenditure of these funds on an annual basis.  This is subject to the submission and approval of a local delivery plan to the Scottish Government.

Cabinet Reports on Vacant and Derelict Land Funding;

Vacant & Derelict Land Strategy

Regeneration Services are currently refreshing the Vacant and Derelict Land Strategy. The review, approved by Cabinet in June 2021, will ensure that the Strategy aligns the priorities of the Community Wealth Building strategy, Regeneration Delivery Plan and the Economic Recovery and Renewal Approach. This will inform priorities including expenditure of the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund (VDLF) going forward.

To inform the development of the Strategy we are keen to understand the thoughts of communities and stakeholders affected by such sites. The consultation is live on the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) website until 28 August 2022.  This provides further information, the consultation slides and comments form.  An interactive map has also been produced that details the current sites that are registered by Scottish Government as vacant and derelict that could potentially be regenerated.

A series of in person consultation events will take place in the coming months to inform the refreshed Strategy. We will share further information on these on the CPP website