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As part of the Economic Development Strategy for Mendip, Somerset Council designated the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet as an Enterprise Area.



The Local Development Order (LDO) adopted 18 April 2018, covers an 8.3 hectare part of the Enterprise Area. This forms part of the area designated for business space development within the adopted Planning Framework for the Bath & West Showground regeneration area.

LDOs were introduced through the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and, in effect, grant full planning permission (in advance) for the specific form/type of development detailed in the order. An LDO may be time limited (in this case it is for 5 years) but the Local Planning Authority (LPA) may also revoke an LDO at any time. The LDO removes the need for a planning application to be made by a developer/occupier allowing development to proceed without the time and cost implications of having to submit a detailed planning application. Although there is a self-certification process as detailed below.

The LDO is intended to provide certainty to potential investors and encourage new development; with occupiers benefiting from reduced costs and speedy delivery.

The LDO grants conditional planning permission for development falling within Classes B1 (Offices not falling within Class A2), Research and Development of products or processes; and Light Industrial), B2 (General Industrial) and B8 (Storage and Distribution) of the Use Classes Order 1987.

Development is restricted to use class B1 only within the northern part of the LDO site, closest to the village of Prestleigh. This comprises an area of approximately 2.7 ha, which leaves the remaining 5.6 ha available for uses B1, B2 and B8 according to market demand.

The adopted Local Development Order is viewable here:

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Royal Bath & West Enterprise Area Local Development Order

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LDO Site Boundary Appendix 1

PDF, 833 KB
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Design Statement Revision Appendix 2

PDF, 2.9 MB
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Self Certification Form Appendix 3

PDF, 232 KB

The Statement of Reasons from the final consultation is viewable here:

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Final Complete Statement to Reasons 21 Feb 2018

PDF, 10.2 MB

Please note – the adopted LDO is a slightly changed version of the draft in the Statement of Reasons. This is for a change in the drawing number in condition 6 as it appears in the Planning Board report. It is also to deal with a formatting error in the Order – part of condition 17 has been numbered wrongly as ‘condition 18’ in the draft for consultation and to Planning Board. What was condition 19 was then re-numbered 18 and the numbering changed after that as a result.

The LDO requires compliance with the following documents:

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Design Statement

PDF, 2.86 MB
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Transport Assessment

PDF, 21.2 MB

Plans relating to off site Beardsley Batch Improvement works:

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Beardly Batch General Arrangement

PDF, 201 KB
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Beardly Batch Visibility

PDF, 185 KB
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Beardly Batch Tracking

PDF, 308 KB
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Revised Framework Travel Plan

PDF, 9.94 MB
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Drainage Strategy

PDF, 6.94 MB

and is informed and justified by the following documents

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Contaminated Land GeoEnv Report

PDF, 6.27 MB
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Cont Land GeoEnv Report with wild beer

PDF, 13 MB
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Archaeology Geophysical Survey

PDF, 10.8 MB
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Ecological Impact Assessment

PDF, 3.19 MB
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Protected Species Report

PDF, 11,4 MB
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Landscape and Visual appraisal LDO

PDF, 12.7 MB
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Noise Survey – LDO Bath and West – Clarke Saunders Associates

PDF, 913 KB

An EIA Screening Assessment was originally undertaken in 2014 which confirmed the proposal was not EIA development. A revised EIA Screening Analysis was undertaken in March 2018 to take account of the new EIA Regulations 2017 and changes in local circumstances that occurred since the original Screening Opinion.

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EIA Screening Opinion March 2018

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Does your development qualify and submitting a self-certification application

To check whether your development complies under the provisions of the Local Development Order, please read the information contained in the order, before submitting an enquiry to us.

Please note – some of the conditions on the LDO require discharge before the self-certification process can be followed.

For further information and the conformity (self – certification) and discharge of LDO conditions process, please contact the Planning Team:

By post: Planning, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5BT

Telephone: 0300 123 2224


Last reviewed: November 22, 2023 by Ian

Next review due: May 22, 2024

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