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Rushcliffe Borough Council is preparing a Local Development Order to help shape the plans for redevelopment of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station site

The power station will close at the end of September 2024 in line with government policy to end coal-fired power generation. The site is part of the East Midlands Freeport, which is a government initiative to encourage innovation and job creation. Rushcliffe Borough Council is working with Uniper, owner of the power station, to explore options for the redevelopment of the site. 

Rushcliffe Borough Council held a public consultation on the initial plans for the site, from  29th November 2021 to 10th January 2022. The public consultation period is now closed, and we’re currently reviewing the feedback we received.

What is a Local Development Order (LDO)?

A Local Development Order (LDO) is a planning tool which Local Planning Authorities can use to streamline the planning process. LDOs create certainty for investors, speed up the planning process and accelerate delivery of the sites, whilst enabling the Council to retain control over the future use of the site.

Government guidance encourages Councils and landowners to work together when preparing LDOs, and also encourages the use of LDOs to achieve planning permission on Freeport sites.

The LDO could grant planning permission for a range of modern industrial uses on the redeveloped site, including advanced manufacturing, low-carbon energy production, battery production, energy storage, logistics, and research and development.

What happens next?

Following the first round of public consultation, we will begin drafting the Local Development Order. The Draft LDO will take into account feedback received during this public consultation.

We will carry out a further round of statutory consultation in 2022. During this time, we will share more detailed proposals and provide a further opportunity for residents, local businesses and organisations, to make representations to the Council as part of this process.

We will then look to bring forward the LDO for formal adoption at a meeting of Borough Councillors – this could take place in late 2022. Once the LDO is adopted, the detailed plans for each phase will be subject to a separate application for approval by the Council.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Proposed timeline

Draft LDO preparation

Early 2022

Round 2 public consultation

Spring/Summer 2022

LDO adoption

Autumn 2022

Approval of detailed proposals


Construction expected to start


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