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Local Development Order (LDO) for BBC Elstree (for adoption) (EX/20/01)

Decision Maker: Executive, Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Decision that


1.    the findings of the recent public consultation on a Local Development Order (LDO), Appendix 1 of the report, for part of the BBC Elstree site be noted.


2.    the LDO be recommended for formal adoption by Full Council with effect from 1st February 2020.


Reasons for the Decision


The report sought authority to take the Local Development Order (LDO) to Full Council for formal adoption.  The making of a LDO to cover the part of BBC Elstree where the new EastEnders set is being constructed will enable some future changes to be made without the need for express planning consent, supporting the operational requirements of the BBC and providing greater certainty for nearby residents and businesses. 


The LDO will also provide the BBC with an increased amount of flexibility when filming EastEnders allowing for changes to be made to the set which reflect new storylines, and enabling the show to meet the tight fixed schedule required for filming.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


That no Local Development Order is served: 


This is the process which would otherwise exist following construction of the new front lot.  However, this requires the submission of a formal planning permission every time the BBC needs to change the set to reflect changes in the story line. This puts additional constraints on the script writing, and reduces the site’s usability, as any changes to the story line (which require significant work to the set) will need to be scheduled far in advance of filming. Considering that the site is in constant use with three 30 minute shows broadcast each week this can lead to additional complications.


Key Points Arising from the Discussion



Report author: M Silverman

Publication date: 21/01/2020

Date of decision: 15/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 15/01/2020 - Executive

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