Local Development Orders (LDOs) are made by local planning authorities and give a grant of planning permission to specific types of development within a defined area.
LDOs are designed to streamline the planning process by removing the need for developers to make a planning application to a local planning authority. The intention is to create certainty and save time and money for those involved in the planning process.
LDOs in Telford and Wrekin
There are currently no LDOs in the borough however, Telford & Wrekin Council is one of only nine local authorities to secure Central Government funding to grant LDOs on Brownfield land.
In August 2014 Councils were invited to bid for grants of up to £50,000 to help meet the cost of putting an LDO in place on Brownfield sites capable of accommodating around 100 new homes or more.
Telford & Wrekin Council made three successful bids to bring forward the following sites:
- former Phoenix school site, Webb Crescent, Dawley
- land adjacent to Thomas Telford School, Old Park
- land adjacent to Granville Park, Donnington Wood
The council secured funding of £175,703 to support the investigative work and preparation of each site to a stage where it could get outline planning permission; providing greater certainty for potential developers.
Initial consultation events were held in early October 2015 providing an overview of the potential development areas on each site. Information provided at each event is available via the links below:
Feedback from this initial consultation has been fed into the process to help determine what could be developed on each site.
Site investigations are currently in progress however the complexities with two of these sites mean that ground investigations and surveys work may take some considerable time. Further updates will be available in the coming months.