Plans to offer businesses in Barking & Dagenham faster decisions on plans to change their premises or diversify their operations have taken a significant step forward.
A consultation has now begun on proposals to introduce a Local Development Order (LDO) covering most of the borough’s designated “strategic industrial locations” and “locally significant industrial sites”.
The LDO would remove the need for planning permission where a business wanted to change between research and development, light industrial, general industrial and warehousing use, subject to some conditions.
It would also permit new and replacement windows and external cladding for existing business premises, however businesses would be required to notify the council before starting any development by completing a pre-commencement notification form.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, Barking and Dagenham’s regeneration lead, said the proposed changes would have a positive impact on the borough's economy.
“We are London's newest opportunity and the LDO is further proof that Barking and Dagenham means business,” he said.
“We will continue to show our commitment to maximising growth opportunities and do everything we can, including working with our partners and businesses to raise the household incomes of all of our residents."
The LDO is earmarked to apply to Kingsway Industrial Estate; River Road Employment Area; Rippleside; Dagenham Dock; Ford; Freshwater Road; Sterling and Wantz Industrial Estate; Hertford Road; the southern part of Fresh Wharf; Gascoigne Business Area; and Lyon Business Park.
It does not apply to the Sanofi site and Ford Stamping Plant, or to changes of use expected to have a negative impact on the surrounding transport or road network.
The public consultation is open until 20 December.
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