Published: Thursday, 30th July 2015
A Lincolnshire planning authority has begun consulting on a pioneering Local Development Order (LDO) designed to make it easier and quicker to redevelop brownfield sites.
North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) is asking for views on an LDO which covers three sites which together could provide some 300 new homes. The three are the former Birds Eye site in Ladysmith Road, Grimsby, the former Western School site in Cambridge Road, Grimsby, and the former Clifton Bingo site in Grant Street, Cleethorpes.
The NELC was one of four councils chosen by the Department for Communities and local Government to pilot the use of LDOs which are set to play a key role in the plans for a new regime involving automatic planning permission for new housing on many brownfield sites.
An LDO is a legal document that sets out standards for development on a specific site. If development meets all the criteria in the Order individual planning permissions aren’t required, making the planning process simpler and less risky for developers.
The project is being managed and delivered through the council’s regeneration services partnership with technical and energy services company Cofely. Council Leader Ray Oxby said: “This will help us in our ambition to maximise the council’s economic potential, breathe life into under-used sites and improve the range of housing on offer.”