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Policy E5 Strategic Industrial Locations (SIL)


  1. Strategic Industrial Locations (identified in Figure 6.2 and Table 6.3) should be managed proactively through a plan-led process to sustain them as London’s main reservoirs of industrial, logistics and related capacity for uses that support the functioning of London’s economy.
  2. Boroughs, in their Development Plans, should:
    1. define the detailed boundary of SILs in policies maps having regard to the scope for intensification, co-location and substitution (set out in Policy E7 Intensification, co-location and substitution of land for industry, logistics and services to support London’s economic function), and use the adopted Local Plan SIL boundary as the basis for decision-making
    2. develop local policies to protect and intensify the function of SILs and enhance their attractiveness and competitiveness (including access improvements and digital connectivity) for the functions set out in part C
    3. explore opportunities to intensify and make more efficient use of land in SILs in Development Plan reviews and through Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks in collaboration with the GLA and other planning authorities within and outside London (Policy E7 Intensification, co-location and substitution of land for industry, logistics and services to support London’s economic function).
  3. Development proposals in SILs should be supported where the uses proposed fall within the broad industrial-type activities set out below:
    1. light industrial (Use Class B1c)
    2. general industrial uses (Use Class B2)
    3. storage and logistics/distribution uses (Use Class B8)
    4. other industrial-type functions, services and activities not falling within the above Use Classes including secondary materials and waste management, utilities infrastructure, land for transport and wholesale markets
    5. flexible B1c/B2/B8 premises suitable for occupation by SMEs
    6. small-scale ‘walk to’ services for industrial occupiers such as workplace crèches or cafés.
  4. Development proposals for uses in SILs other than those set out in part C above, (including residential development, retail, places of worship, leisure and assembly uses), should be refused except in areas released through a strategically co-ordinated process of SIL consolidation. This release must be carried out through a planning framework or Development Plan document review process and adopted as policy in a Development Plan or as part of a co-ordinated masterplanning process in collaboration with the GLA and relevant borough.
  5. Development proposals within or adjacent to SILs should not compromise the integrity or effectiveness of these locations in accommodating industrial-type activities and their ability to operate on a 24-hour basis. In line with Agent of Change principles (Policy D12 Agent of Change) residential development adjacent to SILs should be designed to ensure that the industrial activities are not compromised or curtailed. Particular attention should be given to layouts, access, orientation, servicing, public realm, air quality, soundproofing and other design mitigation in the residential development.

London’s SILs, listed in Table 6.3 and illustrated in Figure 6.2, are the capital’s main reservoir of land for industrial, logistics and related uses. SILs are given strategic protection because they are critical to the effective functioning of London’s economy. They can accommodate activities which - by virtue of their scale, noise, odours, dust, emissions, hours of operation and/or vehicular movements - can raise tensions with other land uses and particularly residential development.

Table 6.3 - Strategic Industrial Locations

Ref.LocationIndustrial Property Market AreaPlanning Authority
1Bermondsey / Old Kent Road / Surrey Canal AreaCentral Services AreaSouthwark / Lewisham
2Empson StreetCentral Services AreaTower Hamlets
3Fish Island / Marshgate LaneCentral Services AreaLLDC (Newham/Tower Hamlets)
4Hackney WickCentral Services AreaLLDC (Hackney)
5Queenstown Road, BatterseaCentral Services AreaWandsworth
6Blackhorse LaneLee ValleyWaltham Forest
7BrimsdownLee ValleyEnfield
8British Gas Site / Cody RoadLee ValleyNewham
9Central Leaside Business AreaLee ValleyEnfield / Haringey / Waltham Forest
10Freezywater / Innova ParkLee ValleyEnfield
11Great Cambridge RoadLee ValleyEnfield
12Lea Bridge GatewayLee ValleyWaltham Forest
13Tottenham HaleLee ValleyHaringey
14East LanePark Royal / HeathrowBrent
15Great West Road / Brentford – Transport AvenuePark Royal / HeathrowHounslow
16Great WesternPark Royal / HeathrowEaling
17Hayes Industrial AreaPark Royal / HeathrowHillingdon
18Honeypot Lane, StanmorePark Royal / HeathrowHarrow
19North Feltham Trading EstatePark Royal / HeathrowHounslow
20North Uxbridge Industrial EstatePark Royal / HeathrowHillingdon
21Northolt, Greenford, PerivalePark Royal / HeathrowEaling
22Park RoyalPark Royal / HeathrowOPDC (Brent / Ealing / Hammersmith & Fulham)
23Staples CornerPark Royal / HeathrowBrent
24Stonefield Way / Victoria RoadPark Royal / HeathrowHillingdon
25Uxbridge Industrial EstatePark Royal / HeathrowHillingdon
26Wealdstone Industrial AreaPark Royal / HeathrowHarrow
27WembleyPark Royal / HeathrowBrent
28Beckton RiversideThames GatewayNewham
29Belvedere Industrial AreaThames GatewayBexley
30Bromley RoadThames GatewayLewisham
31Charlton RiversideThames GatewayGreenwich
32Dagenham Dock / Rainham Employment AreaThames GatewayBarking & Dagenham / Havering
33Erith RiversideThames GatewayBexley
34Foots Cray Business AreaThames GatewayBexley / Bromley
35Greenwich Peninsula WestThames GatewayGreenwich
36Hainault Industrial EstateThames GatewayRedbridge
37Harold Hill Industrial EstateThames GatewayHavering
38King George Close Estate, RomfordThames GatewayHavering
39London Industrial ParkThames GatewayNewham
40RipplesideThames GatewayBarking & Dagenham
41River Road Employment AreaThames GatewayBarking & Dagenham
42Southend Road Business AreaThames GatewayRedbridge
43St Mary CrayThames GatewayBromley
44Thames Road, including Crayford Industrial AreaThames GatewayBexley
45Thameside EastThames GatewayNewham
46Thameside WestThames GatewayNewham
47West Thamesmead / Plumstead Industrial Area (including White Hart Triangle)Thames GatewayGreenwich
48Barwell Business ParkWandle ValleyKingston
49Chessington Industrial EstateWandle ValleyKingston
50Kimpton Industrial AreaWandle ValleySutton
51Marlpit LaneWandle ValleyCroydon
52Morden Road Factory Estate and Prince George’s RoadWandle ValleyMerton
53North Wimbledon / Garrett Business Park (Summerstown)Wandle ValleyMerton / Wandsworth
54Purley Way and Beddington Lane Industrial AreaWandle ValleyCroydon / Sutton
55Willow Lane, Beddington and Hallowfield WayWandle ValleyMerton

SILs are important in supporting strategic logistics operations serving the capital as well as providing relatively low-cost industrial space for SMEs. Typically, they are located close to the strategic road network and many are also well-located with respect to rail, river, canals and safeguarded wharves which can support the sustainable movement of goods, construction materials and waste to, from and within London. To ensure that London can retain an efficient logistics function it is particularly important to secure and enhance strategic provision in SILs in west London, especially at Park Royal and around Heathrow; in north London in the Upper Lee Valley; in east London, north and south of the Thames; and in the Wandle Valley in south London. This should be complemented by smaller-scale provision in LSIS and Non-Designated Industrial Sites including sustainable ‘last mile’ distribution close to central London.

Innovations to make more effective use of land in SILs are encouraged and should be explored in Local Plan reviews and Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. This includes collaborative working with other planning authorities in the relevant property market areas including authorities in the Wider South East (see also Policy E7 Intensification, co-location and substitution of land for industry, logistics and services to support London’s economic function). This should take into account the potential to rationalise areas of SIL that are currently in non-industrial and related uses or contain transport or utilities uses which are surplus to requirements. The Thames Gateway provides the greatest scope for strategically co-ordinated plan-led consolidation of SILs in order to manage down overall vacancy rates, particularly in the boroughs of Newham and Barking & Dagenham.