Date lodged: 9 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer question S5W-13642 by Humza Yousaf on 11 January 2018, in light of the minister's comment that "in the past 5 years, Transport Scotland has been consulted on 4 separate planning applications potentially affecting the Bellfield Interchange and did not object to any of these", whether the minister has been made aware of the East Ayrshire Local Development Plan, which was published on 30 November 2016, in which the reporter commented that "Transport Scotland is not able to support the Local Development Plan spatial strategy at this time".
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 February 2018
East Ayrshire Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) process considered land use changes and identified potential medium to longer term impacts on the A77 Bellfield junction. Transport Scotland made representations to the Proposed LDP noting that development impacts and potential requirements for supporting mitigation had not been fully considered.
Following the LDP review process the Reporter directed changes to the LDP which now includes actions for East Ayrshire Council to progress studies on the impact of future development allocations over the coming years. Transport Scotland will work with East Ayrshire Council on the studies which they take forward and I look forward to seeing this work progress.