Employment Land Retention Supplementary Planning Document

Ended on the 15th February 2010
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(1) 4. Conclusion

4.1 The Council does not wish to reach a position where its regeneration efforts in the local economy are threatened by a lack of sites which are genuinely available for employment uses. Where existing employment sites are to be redeveloped for other uses this SPD will be used to determine which sites are genuinely redundant for employment purposes. This SPD adopts a sequential approach towards proposals for the redevelopment of employment land:

  • To retain suitable and viable sites in employment uses as the first preference in all cases;
  • Where a site is not deemed suitable and/or viable against the tests in this SPD, then the preference is for other employment-generating uses on the site (subject to other material planning considerations) and/or a mixed use development which can be used to cross-subsidise the delivery of new employment uses as part of the site.
  • To consider alternative employment generating uses outside of the ‘B’ use classes.
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