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.