Local Development Orders (LDOs)

Broadland District Council is proposing a draft Local Development Order (LDO). The intention of this draft LDO is to help facilitate the Greater Norwich Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ).

The LDO acts as a planning permission and will allow greater flexibility for new business-related development to locate within the site.

A consultation exercise to seek views on the draft Greater Norwich Food Enterprise Zone Local Development Order was undertaken from 9 January to 20 February 2017 and is now closed.

The proposed LDO was considered by Broadland District Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 16 May.  On the 23 May, this Council's Cabinet considered the LDO and decided to adopted it subject to the outcome of a Screening Direction from the Secretary of State and a Section 106 obligation.

Food Enterprise Zones (FEZ) are a government initiative introduced by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The aim is to:

  • enhance rural development through the growth of food businesses in a particular location, be it producers, processors, retailers and/or manufacturers
  • encourage greater collaboration between food and farming businesses, and even encourage links to research and education institutions, in order to develop the domestic food and farming sector
  • allow local decision making, particularly for planning a development
  • attract inward investment

Located to the west of Easton village and south of the A47, the aim of the FEZ is the development of a flagship, centralised, commercial facility comprising food production, food research, education and ancillary businesses.

The FEZ will also help bring about greater levels of collaborative working between the Norfolk education, science and industry sectors.

An LDO grants planning permission (subject to conditions) for specific developments described within the Order. This means that it is not necessary for investors or occupiers to submit planning applications for their proposals.

View the draft LDO and supporting information:

  • view closed consultation
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