Ambitious plans have been revealed to transform Ayr town centre over the next decade. 

More details have been revealed of the Ayr Town Centre Strategic Framework, which sets out how re-investment in the town centre can be planned and delivered from 2025 to 2035. 

The framework aims to draw all previous proposals into a single strategy, demonstrate need for investment in the town centre, and put forward a plan that can attract funding. 

Objectives set out by South Ayrshire Council include increasing footfall, town centre spend, town centre living, bringing additional demand for goods and services and increasing active travel and public transport.

The 10 key programmes for the framework are Ayr Station, Robert Burns Square, Hourstons and Arran Mall, Kyle Quarter Masterplan, Accessible Ayr, residential accommodation, public realm and urban dressing, evening economy, business and retail support and coast and esplanade. 

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Highlights of the plan include the creation of a new transport interchange at Ayr Railway Station, adding a bus station and mobility hub. 

It also involves the creation of a new public space at Robert Burns Square connecting the town centre with the new transport interchange. 

This will be created by extending and upgrading the square by redirecting the A70 and creating public space from Station Road to Smith Street. 

The framework includes the creation of a new Living Well Village at Hourstons and Arran Mall including residential care, day centre, care experienced accommodation and more. 

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There are also plans to promote the Kyle Shopping Centre for a mix of uses, including residential, leisure, retail and office use.

Further consultations on each project and programme will be revealed as they develop, and the council will create a new Ayr Town Centre Strategic Framework with the feedback generated from the current consultation.

For more information on the framework and to have your say, go to