New order will improve planning process for developers

456 days ago

A new planning order to boost Llanelli Town Centre has been introduced.

The Local Development Order (LDO) will see a more streamlined planning process, making it easier for developers to take over empty shops or buildings.

The LDO will also help attract investment to the area, and to support existing businesses by giving certainty for developers, reducing timescales and reducing the costs associated with making a planning application.

The order is backed by the Welsh Government who say it will provide an important contribution to the regeneration of Llanelli Town Centre.

The council’s executive board member responsible for planning, Cllr Mair Stephens said: “The order allows developers or applicants to attain from the local planning authority a Certificate of Conformity and then a Commencement Notice Approval rather than having to apply for planning application for change of use. This streamlined authorisation process makes it easier for developers and applicants to move forwards with their plans in Llanelli Town Centre.”

Bringing empty shops back into use is one of the key priorities set out by the Llanelli Town Centre Taskforce, led by Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Taskforce aims to stimulate growth and investment by supporting traders, boosting business and increasing footfall.

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