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Employment Local Development Order

We are now consulting on a draft Employment Local Development Order (LDO) for small scale industrial units. The consultation will run from Monday 13 January to Monday 16 March 2020.

This LDO is a proactive planning tool to enable increased delivery of small-scale industrial space in rural parts of Somerset West and Taunton, and was developed in response to demand from small businesses to set up or expand their existing operations.

The LDO and accompanying Design Code will provide clarity on how to deliver high quality small-scale industrial space appropriate to the site. It will ensure that a high and consistent standard of design is delivered, providing sustainable and stimulating working environments whilst at the same time enabling the diverse requirements of individual occupiers to be met.

If adopted, the LDO could grant planning permission for small scale office, research and light industrial space across the Council area removing the need for a planning application to be made. Development must accord with all aspects of the Design Code in order to benefit from the permitted development rights confirmed by the LDO.

To respond to this consultation, please visit our consultation portal from 13 January to 16 March.

LDO documents

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