Location of cement factories

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A number of residents have contacted me with concerns about the location of cement factories in London. They are concerned at their likely impact on surrounding air quality. Does the mayor agree that cement factories should in general be located away from residential areas, in industrial zones only, or away from London altogether?


Answer for Location of cement factories

Answer for Location of cement factories

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Plan sets out a preference for industrial sites, such as cement batchers, to be located in Strategic Industrial Locations or Locally Significant Industrial Locations away from residential areas. However, there are other important factors that influence their location.  For instance, they may be located near rail sidings so that they can receive materials by train rather truck or near large areas of construction, reducing the distance travelled to deliver the cement which reduces the environmental impact of construction.

Cement batchers are regulated by the London Boroughs under the Environmental Permitting Regulations. Environmental Permits include conditions to ensure that emissions of particulates, and other pollutants, are prevented or minimised at source, using the best available techniques. A well-run cement batcher should not impact on local Air Quality and it is the role of [the local authority] and/or [Environment Agency] to monitor and enforce

Emissions from the road vehicles serving these facilities are already controlled by London's Low Emission Zone, and these controls will be tightened by with the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone further reducing the impact on local residents.