Planning Policy - Local Development Orders

What is a Local Development Order?

Local Development Orders (LDOs) provide planning permission for specific classes of development within a defined area, subject to certain conditions and limitations.

The purpose of a LDO is to simplify the planning process and provide certainty for potential investors, developers and businesses. This aims to reduce the costs and potential delays sometimes associated with the planning application process.

LDOs are an enabling and permissive planning tool. They create a permitted development framework for particular activities within a certain location. The classes of permitted development within a LDO are precise and apply to particular land uses and forms of development.

LDOs provide a further layer of permitted development rights in addition to those which are established by central government through the General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) and the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended).

Where an LDO is in place, planning permission can also be obtained by following the normal planning application process.

Where are Local Development Orders in Harlow?

LDOs in Harlow are in place within the Enterprise Zone areas in Harlow at the following locations: