Cracking the code for a new South Ayrshire village – a Design Forum learning piece

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Plans for Auchincruive, a new village in South Ayrshire, seek to build on the existing assets of a former agricultural college to create a new place with a strong sense of identity. Working together through a complex and difficult process, planning authority, client and architects developed a concise design code that establishes a clear vision whilst allowing flexibility for future change and growth.

The project involved the creation of a design code to bring together the joint vision of the landowner and planning authority. The code was required as a planning condition of a Planning in Principle consent and was negotiated between South Ayrshire Council and AWG Property Ltd acting for and in partnership with the Agricultural College, with A&DS as facilitator. The code is intended to form an agreement between the client / site owner, the design teams and planning authority on what is to be developed to help maintain a common vision for Auchincruive as it is being built, whilst also providing third-party developers with clear expectations for submission of detailed proposals, leading to a more straightforward planning process.

The code was approved at planning committee and lauded by local councillors as a potential exemplar. Developers implementing the consent are required to base their detailed proposals on the code to give greater certainty for all parties.

This document includes learning from the approach.

Download: Design Forum learning piece Auchincruive

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