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Last chance to have your say on plans to regenerate Greenham Business Park

Public consultation on 25-year Local Development Order closes today

Fiona Tomas

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Consultation on Greenham Business Park to close today

TODAY is the last chance to have your say on plans to regenerate Greenham Business Park.

A Local Development Order (LDO), scheduled for a period of 25 years, has been prepared for the former military airbase, which is the largest strategic employment site in West Berkshire.

An LDO provides planning permission for specific classes of development within a defined area, allowing greater flexibility over how and where new buildings can be developed.

A streamlined planning process to boost economic growth, the LDO will allow a mix of business and ‘complimentary uses’ to help the continued regeneration of the site.  

Complementary uses include strictly limited amounts of small-scale retail, car sales and leisure uses.

The plans, prepared by West Berkshire Council’s planning offices and the park operator, Greenham Trust, focus on traditional business uses, including offices, research and development, industrial uses and storage distribution.

The draft LDO will be presented to council members in July, to consider its final option.

For more information about the LDO and to submit your views via the public consultation, visit http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/35162 

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  • NTsubscriber

    17/05/2018 - 15:03

    The LDO is nothing to do with 'plans to regenerate the Business Park'. That has been going on for the last 20 years. The LDO is in fact the Council abandoning its planning role by handing out an advance planning permission for the next 25 years for no good reason to allow whatever projects may be dreamt up by the Business Park. The LDO gives the Business Park 'flexibility' by excluding most of the necessary planning controls that the Council has previously protected the Business Park's neighbours and ensure they can sleep at night. Those controls haven't stopped the Business Park from successfully building up 2,000 jobs and generating £6m of rental income. In contrast this LDO would allow the Business Park to reduce employment by e.g. eliminating starter units. Neighbours of the Business Park should be writing to the Council to oppose the LDO and demand it is rewritten. It is not too late if you get your skates on.

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