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Milton Park Local Development Order decision welcomed

PUBLISHED: 13:42 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 February 2013

Vale of White Horse District Council has welcomed the news that the Milton Park Local Development Order has been given the go ahead by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Milton Park Local Development Order decision welcomed


Vale of White Horse District Council has welcomed the news that the Milton Park Local Development Order has been given the go ahead by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

In December last year the council took a decision to grant a Local Development Order (LDO) for Milton Business Park to help deliver the planned growth of Oxfordshires Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone. This is the most comprehensive LDO in the country being for a period of 15 years and covering 90 hectares of the Milton Park site.

LDOs simplify the planning process by extending permitted development rights and the Government has encouraged local councils to make use of them for the new Enterprise Zones.

The Milton Park LDO allows a range of types of development to be fast tracked which will enable new and existing businesses to innovate, grow, and adapt to changing market opportunities delivering additional jobs for the local economy.

Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: We are very pleased that the Secretary of State has given us the go-ahead to implement the Local Development Order at Milton Park. This reduction in red tape and bureaucracy will speed up the process of bringing new research centres, laboratories and jobs to the area. At the same time the local liaison group that will be established by the Council, to bring together MEPC Milton Park and local residents, will ensure that the many safeguards put in place in the LDO are maintained.

James Dipple, Managing Director of MEPC Milton Park, said: The LDO shows that the council has fully understood what is needed to encourage new businesses and jobs to come to Milton Park. It makes sure that future development will not have an adverse impact on the villages that adjoin Milton Park.

Purchased by MEPC in 1985, Milton Park is one of Europe's largest business and science parks. Over 200 occupiers employ more than 6,500 people to work at Milton Park. It is close to the M4 and M40 and with fast rail links from Didcot Parkway to London, Bristol, Oxford and Reading.

About the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone

In August 2011 the government confirmed the establishment of the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone, which comprises two of the UKs biggest science and research business parks - HarwellOxfordand Milton Park. It is one of 24 such zones in the UK and is the result of a successful bid by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with the ambition of being globally competitive. The zone is expected to deliver some 200,000 square metres of new business floorspace through private sector investment by 2015, generating around 8,400 high-tech, high-value-adding jobs. It is also expected to generate up to 10.5m of additional business rates a year, for reinvestment directly into the local economy. The SVUK Enterprise Zones includes nine separate sites at Milton Park. The Government has encouraged local councils to make use of Local Development Orders for the new Enterprise Zones.

Covering around 90 hectares, and effective for 15 years, the Milton Park LDO is one of the largest, most comprehensive in the UK to date. Key to the success of an Enterprise Zone is a simplified planning system, which seeks to provide certainty while maintaining appropriate planning control by the council. Effectively the Order extends permitted development rights across the park (development that can be undertaken without seeking planning permission) for a wide-range of specified developments and uses, and allows controlled extension of the park.

The Orders specific development parameters include a range of permitted uses for the business park and an upper-limit on total floorspace and maximum height of buildings. The LDO area is zoned, so that greater development controls are retained in more sensitive locations which including those close to residential areas.

A copy of the adopted LDO is available on the councils website at http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/services-and-advice/planning-and-building/milton-park-local-development-order


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