Citizens to confer on Carrick development

RESIDENTS of Carrick are being invited to feedback on a local development plan they helped shape this month.

South Ayrshire Council’s proposed local development plan (LDP) is to be unveiled to the public in a series of exhibitions throughout the area.

The LDP sets out a strategy for how South Ayrshire will develop and grow over the next 10 years, and is to be presented at five public exhibitions in the main county town’s during September.

Some of its key aims include helping to regenerate South Ayrshire’s town centres and keep them vibrant, while conserving their historic character; providing development opportunities for sustainable homes; encouraging rural development without damaging the landscape and countryside; promoting tourism; and helping the development of the district’s sea ports.

The public will have the chance to get familiar with expected future developments in the area, as well as seeing how their ideas and feedback have influenced the new Plan, and planning officers will be on hand at all exhibitions of the document to answer any questions.

The first event will take place at Maybole Town Hall, on the town’s High Street, on Monday September 17 from 2-8pm. Girvan will receive its visit on Thursday September 27 from 2-7pm. In the interim presentations will be made in Troon, Ayr and Prestwick.

An eight-week consultation period on the LDP has also begun and representations on any part of the Plan can be made online at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/planning until October 19.

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, said: “I believe the LDP is one of the most important documents we have ever delivered to our local community and is all the more significant as it was shaped by the ideas, suggestions and feedback of local people, who played a key role in developing it.

“South Ayrshire has an enviably high quality of environment that can provide a great platform from which our economy and local communities can grow.”