Quicker way to move onto former site

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A SIMPLIFIED planning process is now in operation to help grow jobs and business success on the former Swan Hunter shipyard site.

North Tyneside Council has formally adopted the Former Swan Hunter Ship Yard Local Development Order (LDO), covering both the former shipyard and adjoining land in Wallsend.

The order allows a simplified planning process, so developers will not need to seek formal planning permission to erect buildings and carry out development if their project within the designated area meets the criteria.

Qualifying projects on the site, which include both new buildings and uses, need to be linked to the priority business sectors – off-shore wind and energy generation; tidal and wave technology, oil and gas exploration and extraction; advance subsea manufacturing and technology.

There will be some restrictions on the size of the development allowed to minimise the impact on the adjacent World Heritage Site at Segedunum and protect the amenities of the local residential areas.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Linda Arkley said: “I am delighted that this Local Development Order is now in place and we can now offer employers keen to invest in the Swan Hunter site a simplified planning process.

“That will benefit our residents by helping secure further jobs and apprenticeships for local people, and support further business development and innovation in the borough.”

As an Enterprise Zone, there will be a number of other benefits for employers taking up the opportunity to move onto the Swan Hunter site, including five years business rates relief for businesses locating on or before March 31, 2015.