Permitted Development Rights - B

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What assessment has the Mayor given to the impact on the supply of land for employment, should the Government's plans for permitted development rights be fully put into force for light industrial units from October this year?


Answer for Permitted Development Rights - B

Answer for Permitted Development Rights - B

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is estimated that in theory there could be at least 56 hectares (and potentially up to 258 hectares) of land in light industrial use that might be vulnerable to change of use to residential through this Government initiative. However, in reality the amount could be less than this because some boroughs have already introduced Article 4 Directions to remove the permitted development rights in parts of their areas.

Government's proposals are set out in Statutory Instrument 2016 (No.332) which indicate that the developer must apply to the local planning authority for a determination as to whether the introduction of residential use would have an adverse impact on the sustainability of the provision of services within an area that is important for providing industrial services or storage or distribution services. In my view such areas would include all Strategic Industrial Locations (SIL) and Locally Significant Industrial Sites (LSIS).

According to research by AECOM, in 2015 there were 258 hectares in light industrial use in London of which about 202 hectares was within designated SIL or LSIS and 56 hectares located outside of these designated areas.

I would therefore encourage boroughs to consider the introduction of geographically targeted non-immediate Article 4 Directions to remove permitted development rights to sustain strategic and locally important clusters of light industrial uses where this is supported by robust evidence.