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Pioneering Leicestershire brownfield LDOs mooted

Published: Thursday, 6th August 2015

Consultancy Peter Brett Associates has been appointed by Oadby and Wigston Borough Council to prepare Local Development Orders (LDOs) for three town centre sites.

These will be among the first LDOs under a pilot scheme by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which is funding the Leicestershire planning authority as part of the Local Development Order Incentive Fund. This will be used to facilitate the development of three mixed-use brownfield sites.

PBA’s appointment follows the work undertaken by the practice on a pilot scheme for the Planning Advisory Service in Teignmouth, Devon.

The LDOs will allow the sites in Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston to be redeveloped to maximise community benefit, with a wide range of options including residential, commercial, leisure, and healthcare facilities under consideration. These will be selected following an extensive community consultation process.

“At the very heart of LDOs is a drive to simplify planning, and with our work for the PAS, we are at the forefront of developing residential-led LDO pilots nationally,” said Mary Crew, principal planner and project lead for PBA.

“We have a strong understanding of the local market that will help us support the council in its goals,” she added.

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Roger Milne