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 is due to be considered by Broadland District Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 16 May.

Following this meeting, on the 23 May, this Council's Cabinet will consider the LDO and decide whether it is adopted or not. The meeting commences at 9.00am in the Council Chamber at the Council offices.

Broadland District Council's Constitution makes provision for limited public speaking at both meetings.

If you wish to speak at either meeting you will need to contact James Overy by email at james.overy@broadland.gov.uk or by phone on 01603 430540 at least 2 full working days before the meeting.

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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