Preparing local development orders
Produced in partnership with Martha Grekos
Preparing local development orders

The following Planning guidance note Produced in partnership with Martha Grekos provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Preparing local development orders
  • Wales
  • Official guidance on local development orders (LDOs)
  • LDO project ideas
  • Timing of preparation
  • Statement of reasons
  • Risk assessment
  • Consultation and publicity
  • Consultation with the Secretary of State
  • Register of LDOs
  • more

Local development orders (LDOs) relieve local planning authorities (LPAs) of the need to determine numerous, routine planning applications. They are usually made in relation to relatively small-scale and non-contentious development, decided on locally in response to local circumstances. See Practice Note: Local Development Orders.


From 30 April 2012, LPAs in Wales have powers to create LDOs. The regulations grant similar powers to the English regulations, although they are slightly more restrictive in their application. Unlike in England, all schemes in Wales requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) are ineligible for an LDO (ie for projects falling within both schedule 1 and schedule 2 to the EIA regulations).

Official guidance on local development orders (LDOs)

Planning Practice Guidance

Planning Practice Guidance provides guidance on LDOs in England and when they can be used.

Planning Advisory Service guidance

The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) works with LPAs to support and test the implementation of pilot LDOs. It sets out guidance for LPAs on:

  1. ideas for potential LDO projects

  2. experiences from pilot projects

  3. top tips on preparing LDOs, including technical advice

  4. project planning

LDO project ideas

PAS advocates the use of LDOs for a variety of planning purposes, including:

  1. stimulating town centre vitality—eg by identifying an area in the town centre within which changes of use could occur without planning permission

  2. boosting employment—eg