by GK Strategy 23rd August, 2018
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London Plan Update Explained

As we all know, the London Plan sets the planning framework for the built environment in the capital. If you need to refresh your memory, read GK’s previous blog post on the subject here. Following public consultation earlier this year, Sadiq Khan has now launched the Examination in Public (EiP). The Mayor has appointed independent panel experts to assess the Draft London Plan in full, and make recommendations. The evidence for the report will be based on written statements and discussions at the EIP workshops. However, just before the EiP begins, the Mayor has amended the Draft Plan based on representations during the consultation phase.

We at GK have made several submissions on behalf of clients to the Draft London Plan consultation. Most of these submissions focused on protecting industrial land and promoting mixed use developments on light industrial land. City Hall has made a number of amendments relevant to these key areas.

Take a look at our short summary of where the Mayor has strengthened policies to protect industrial land in London:

  • The below change was made to Policy E4, highlighting the need to take into account land reviews and audits when considering protection of industrial land. This underlines the importance of remaining on top of these reviews.


  • New Policy added to Policy E4: “A sufficient supply of land and premises in different parts of London to meet current and future demands for industrial and related functions should be maintained, taking into account strategic and local employment land reviews, industrial land audits and the potential for intensification, co-location and substitution. This should make provision for the varied operational requirements of:”


  • Another positive addition was made to Policy E4, emphasising the importance of sufficient yard space for industrial land and committing boroughs to taking this into account when applying the general principle of no overall net loss of industrial floorspace capacity.


  • New policy added: 6.4.5A “When applying this principle regard should be given to the characteristics and operational requirements of the different industrial uses set out in Part A. Yard space is an essential requirement for most industrial, logistics and related uses to support servicing, storage and operational needs. Development proposals should ensure that sufficient yard space is provided having regard to the operational requirements of the uses proposed.”


  • Again in Policy E4, City Hall calls upon Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Newham to intensify industrial floorspace capacity and bring vacant land back into industrial use.


  • New policy added: 6.4.8 “There are three boroughs in the ‘Limited Release’ category (all in the Thames Gateway) where industrial land vacancy rates are currently well above the London average. These boroughs are encouraged to intensify industrial floorspace capacity, investigate the reasons for high levels of vacancy, take positive steps to bring vacant sites back into industrial use where there is demand”.


In short, the Mayor continues to protect industrial land as essential services continue to be pushed out of the capital. While encouraging, it is critical City Hall ensures these policies are implemented in full if they are to achieve their ambition of “no overall loss” of industrial land.

GK are experts in engaging with City Hall and making representations to the London Plan.

Please contact harry@gkstrategy.com to discuss how we can ensure the London Plan works for you.

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