“Business friendly” planning for Enterprise Zone

Published 12th April 2012 at 2:00pm

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has worked with councils from across the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone to set out a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) which will make planning simpler and more ‘business friendly’.

Local Authorities have agreed to take a unified approach to planning across all designated Enterprise Zone sites. The MoU document which sets out this approach has been signed by leaders and councillors from across the Enterprise Zone Local Authorities.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said, “Local business and private sector commerce are key to turning the wheels of our economy and creating the jobs this country needs. This agreement between Sheffield City Region’s councils to work closer together will only strengthen the city’s appeal to investors. 

“This week our Enterprise Zones are going operational with incentives such as a 100% business rate discount now available to attract new companies.  This will help accelerate growth and rebalance our economy with thousands of new businesses and local jobs.

“Enterprise Zones are set to become the crown jewels of how we make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business and Sheffield City Region will be at the heart of that.”

Companies thinking of investing on Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone sites will find that Planning Authorities are working together to make their move to the City Region “as straightforward as possible”.

Councils will prioritise planning applications within the Enterprise Zone, giving potential investors certainty and quick decisions through a simplified and streamlined planning process.

The MoU is an agreement between the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Sheffield City Council (referred to as ‘Enterprise Zone Planning Authorities’).

As part of its work to make things more business friendly, Sheffield City Council is one of the first local authorities in the country to receive Government approval and formally adopt its Local Development Order (LDO).

The LDO will make it easier for businesses to set up on the Enterprise Zone by essentially giving up-front planning permission for uses which support the Enterprise Zone vision. Sheffield City Councils LDO will cover the ‘Europa Link’ area of the City, which forms a key part of the Sheffield City Region’s Enterprise Zone.

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“The LEP is working closely with businesses and councils from across the City Region to attract new investments and jobs to the Enterprise Zone.

 “The vision for our Enterprise Zone is to build on Sheffield City Region’s significant credentials and strengths in advanced manufacturing and materials to develop a Modern Manufacturing and Technology Growth Area.

 “This clearly shows that Local Authorities in the City Region are signed up to the vision. Our simplified and unified approach to planning will make the Sheffield City Region an even more attractive location for investors.”

 

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