Dorset’s enterprise zone nominated for award

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A process which simplifies planning controls for a key Dorset employment site, reducing the planning process from several months to fewer than 28 days* has been shortlisted for an award.

A Local Development Order (LDO) was put in place for the Dorset Innovation Park Enterprise Zone, near Wool in late 2018. The Order provides a comprehensive range of information and site assessments, including ground conditions, ecology and drainage and other services.

It also provides an innovative Design Guide and approach to maintaining the site’s unique ecology. This reduces the risk considerably for businesses planning to develop on the site without impacting on its unique qualities

Purbeck District Council led on the preparation of the LDO with consultants Stride Treglown. The final award winners for the Promoting Economic Growth Category will be announced at the National Placemaking Awards this summer.

Dorset Innovation Park Enterprise Zone is Dorset’s second largest strategic employment site. It is an advanced engineering and manufacturing cluster of excellence for the South West, building on strengths in marine, defence and energy technology.

Significant investment in the whole site by Purbeck District Council, Dorset County Council and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is providing a new opportunity for businesses by offering attractive Enterprise Zone benefits such as business rate reduction, simplified planning and full fibre broadband connectivity.

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