Simplified planning controls to support business growth in Knowsley

Published on: Tuesday, 30-September-2014

Knowsley Council is taking a proactive approach to supporting business growth and development at the biggest key employment site in the Liverpool City Region.

The council has developed a draft Local Development Order (LDO) for Knowsley Industrial and Business Park (KIP) to grant automatic planning consent for certain types of development.

This will support the council’s investment into KIP which aims to position the park as the largest and most successful in the Liverpool City Region.

The LDO will support businesses who may want to expand or develop by simplifying and streamlining the planning process.

Knowsley Council is the first local authority in the Liverpool City Region to introduce an LDO of this kind and one of only a few across the country.

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills commented: “The LDO reflects our determination to support local businesses and do what we can to encourage growth in the local economy.

“We hope that by simplifying the planning process, we are removing barriers to development by improving the speed, consistency and effectiveness of the process and preventing any unnecessary delays.”

“This is a positive and proactive move from the council to support the regeneration of KIP and generate more investment and jobs for Knowsley and the city region.”

The draft LDO proposes that planning permission is granted for certain types of development including extensions or alterations to existing buildings, change of use of buildings, the erection of higher fences around a site, the installation of CCTV, bike shelters and work to support the development of an energy network on site.

All of these developments will be subject to certain restrictions and limitations to ensure they consider environmental factors, neighbouring properties and nearby residential areas.

Knowsley Council is currently holding a formal consultation on the draft LDO. All comments must be received in writing by 12 noon on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

To view the LDO document any and information about how to make a formal comment, you can visit your local one stop shop or library where paper copies are available, or visit www.knowsley.gov.uk/localplan.

To find out more about development opportunities at Knowsley Industrial and Business Park, call Knowsley Council’s business team on 0151 477 4000.