Kilbirnie residents are being invited to a consultation ahead of the submission of a planning application.

Locals will be able to attend the event at Tennox Farm on Tuesday, January 16, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, before the proposal is submitted to North Ayrshire Council.

The application - part of which is retrospective - hopes to see the creation of a "holiday accommodation development."

The applicants will be applying for retrospective permission to change the use of part of the Kilbirnie farm from agricultural use.

This would include the construction of two buildings for holiday lets, ancillary outbuildings, a hunting lodge, and an extension to the existing stable building for the farm manager's accommodation.

It is understood that these structures have already been built without planning permission having been sought first.

The application is also set to include proposals to construct a storage shed for personal use with link corridor, holiday cabins with an associated activity building, landscaping, and parking and engineering works.

This latest application will mark the farm's second request for retrospective permission presented to North Ayrshire Council in recent months.

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Less than a year ago, the owner of Tennox Farm was ordered to remove a new house built on the site without planning permission.

Building work on the five-bedroom home began during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and the property was completed in December 2021.

However, Gareth Wilson, who lived on site at Tennox Farm, did not submit a formal planning application for the development until a local authority enforcement order required him to do so in March 2022.

North Ayrshire Council's planning department then refused the application in July 2022 - before the council's local review body dismissed an appeal by Mr Wilson to overturn the decision, meaning the development remained unauthorised in March 2023.