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Employment Local Development Order

We consulted on a draft Employment Local Development Order (LDO) for small scale industrial units from Monday 13 January to Monday 16 March 2020. We are now working through the responses to this consultation and will make amendments as needed.

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.

LDO documents

Please note that this consultation has now ended, but the consultation documents are included below for reference:

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