Lincolnshire council adopts local development order for food-focused enterprise zone

A Lincolnshire council had formally adopted a special order granting blanket planning consents for specified types of development within a 17-hectare, food-centred enterprise zone.

A visualisation of the University of Lincoln centre of excellence
A visualisation of the University of Lincoln centre of excellence

Late last month, South Holland District Council formally adopted the Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone Local Development Order (LDO).

LDOs effectively grant planning permission in advance for a range of buildings and uses. They are intended to streamline the planning process by removing the need for developers to make separate planning applications within a defined site or area.

The Holbeach LDO grants outline planning permission, with all matters reserved, for employment and education-led schemes on the whole of the enterprise zone site for the following range of uses:

  • 20,000 square metres B1 Business Use (offices/research and development);
  • 20,000 square metres B2 General Industrial Use;
  • 9,500 square metres D1 Non-Residential Institutional Use (education and training);
  • 1,500 square metres D2 Conference Facilities;
  • 1,500 square metres A2 Financial and Professional Services Use;
  • 3,000 square metres C1 Hotel or Motel Use; and
  • Ancillary B8 Storage & Distribution and A3 Restaurant/Café Uses.

According to the council, permission has already been granted on the site for the University of Lincoln to build a centre of excellence in agri-food.

It said that the ambition is for the whole of the site "to provide an agri-food hub for the district's agricultural and food industry, offering high-quality accommodation, business support, technology, education and training facilities to promote and maximise the positive impact food and agriculture has on the local economy".

A case study on how an Oxfordshire council teamed up with a landowner and planning consultancy to attract investment to a business park through a local development order can be found here. 

Another case study examining how another Oxfordshire council is helping custom builders secure consent through a local development order can be read here. 

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