Local development orders

Find out about the local development orders we have in Northumberland.

Two LDO have been adopted in Northumberland and you can find out more information about the schemes below. The orders permit use classes of

  • B1 (a) (Offices); 
  • B1 (b) (Research and Development for Parts and Processes);
  • B1 (c) (Light Industry);
  • B2 (General Industry);
  • B8 (Storage or Distribution)

The orders also permit A1 (Shops) and A3 (Restaurants and Cafes) as ancillary uses, to support the primary activities of the new development. Development must be linked to a range of business sectors that are considered to optimise the locational advantages of Blyth and its port facilities, help strengthen the existing industrial base or create opportunities for new growth sectors.

The adoption of the orders follows the designation of sites around the Blyth estuary as enterprise zone sites. The enterprise zone status of certain sites means businesses may be eligible for financial incentives. Developers interested in the potential incentives offered should contact Arch (The Northumberland Development Company) on 01670 528 490.
The Council adopted the Bates Site Local Development Order for Blyth on February 2013. It covers an area of around eight hectares which was part of the former Bates Colliery site on the south bank of the River Blyth estuary. The order grants planning permission for certain types of business development. 
 
Main Document Supporting Documents
The Bates Site, Blyth Local Development Order 


Consultation was a key part of developing the LDO. The responses received informed various amendments to the documents. All the responses and details of amendments are as follow:
The Council adopted the East Sleekburn Site Local Development Order on February 2013. It includes two sites of 44 hectares and 21 hectares, on either side of Brock Lane to north of the River Blyth estuary. The order grants planning permission for certain types of business development. 
 
Main Document Supporting Documents
The East Sleekburn Sites Local Development Order


Consultation was a key part of developing the LDO. The responses received informed various amendments to the documents. All the responses and details of amendments are as follow:
To check whether your development qualify under the provisions of a LDO, please read the information contained in the relevant order before submitting an enquiry to us.

For further information and the conformity process, please contact the Development Management Team.

If you think your development qualify under the provisions of a LDO after reading through all the information contained in the orders, you could submit a development proposals to us with the following form:
​The LDOs are expected to remain in force for a period of six years. During this time, they will be closely monitored by the Council to ensure the development will remain compliant with the Conditions and Developer Requirements. Monitoring findings will be published here when they are available.