Local Development Orders

Local Development Orders (LDO's)

Local Development Orders (LDOs) were first introduced in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. LDOs provide permitted development rights for specified types of development in defined locations. They are flexible and locally determined tools that Local Planning Authorities can use to help accelerate the delivery of appropriate development in the right places. Local authorities can use LDOs to enable growth by positively and proactively shaping sustainable development in their area. LDOs can play an important role in incentivising development by simplifying the planning process and making investment more attractive.

The benefits of LDOs are:

  • They simplify the planning process by removing the need for planning permission where appropriate and proportionate;
  • They provide flexibility as LDOs can be applied to a range of sites and types of development;
  • They reduce the pressure on resources for both applicants and LPA’s;
  • They provide greater certainty and make investment in a site more attractive helping to facilitate delivery of development at a range of scales including major housing development;
  • They can bring forward regeneration faster and avoid delays

Braintree District Council Development Plan includes one Local Development order - for the Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park - South of the A131at Great Notley.

See the Planning Advisory Service's information about Local development orders 

Page Updated August 2021