Wyre Forest District Council is planning to extend the Local Development Order scheme which enables businesses to develop in the area without the need for planning permission when its Cabinet considers a report at its meeting on 14 July.
In August 2012 the district council approved a Local Development Order for the South Kidderminster Enterprise Park area covering Stourport Road and Worcester Road. This meant that certain types of industrial development did not require planning permission which was part of the council’s package of support to encourage new business into the area and to create more jobs.
The scheme has been very successful and the Council’s Cabinet is about to extend it for a further three years through to 2018.
Cllr John Campion, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Regeneration said:
“The introduction of the LDO has stimulated investment interest as we intended it to. We’ve seen existing businesses such as Beakbane and Amada extend their premises as well as new building encouraged on vacant sites such as Oakleaf at Finepoint Way and the soon to commence Specsavers development at the former Romwire site.
All these have been possible without needing to get planning permission, which is sometimes seen as an impediment to business growth. We want to be different in Wyre Forest, we want to stand out from the crowd as the natural choice for businesses to invest in new development and the LDO is a way of doing this. We are creating hundreds of new jobs that are vital for the residents of the district as well as breathing new life into our key employment corridors.”
So far, the LDO has seen over 40,000 sq ft of new business premises created, worth over £20m in inward investment. The Council hopes that by extending the life of the LDO, businesses will continue to take up development opportunities in the vacant land and buildings that are still available in the area. The area also benefits from Assisted Area status where businesses have access to grant assistance not available elsewhere.
Any business interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact the NWedR team on 01562 732928 or visit the website for more information www.nwedr.org.uk.