Loss of industrial land

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What steps are you taking to ensure that there is sufficient employment land available, following confirmation that an estimated 116ha of industrial land was lost to other uses in 2011/12 - three times the annual benchmark set in your own Supplementary Planning Guidance?


Answer for Loss of industrial land

Answer for Loss of industrial land

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In the London Plan I promote a rigorous approach to industrial land management through three types of location - Strategic Industrial Locations, locally significant sites and other non-designated industrial sites - and ensure that boroughs take forward this policy in their Local Plans. More specific guidance for different parts of London is provided through Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG).

In some areas there is still some scope for carefully managed transfer of industrial land to other uses through Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks and Local Plans in light of strategic and local evidence.

The SPG industrial land release benchmark for 2011-2031 is 733ha. This is being monitored carefully, not least in light of the level of release in 2011/12, so that there is adequate capacity for industrial type activities, and more generally to achieve sustainable development across London, as well as enabling any surplus to contribute to meeting London's housing needs.