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Industrial Capacity

Industrial Capacity

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In implementing Draft London Plan policy, the Mayor will and the LDA,
TfL, boroughs and others partners should:

• where relevant in their strategies, Unitary Development and other plans,
identify the components of the SEL Framework shown in Figure 1 and
Annex 2 of this SPG.
• promote the SELs as the prime locations for industrial activity in


Industrial Capacity

The Mayor’s Supplementary Planning Guidance

• through co-ordinated investment, regeneration initiatives, transport and
environmental improvements and the use of planning agreements,
manage the differing offers of PILs and IBPs and provide local planning
guidelines to meet the needs of different types of industry appropriate
to each as indicated in paragraph 3.6.
• other than as part of a strategically coordinated process o mixed use
intensification (paragraphs 7.1 –7.7) development of non-business uses
within the SEL should be resisted except where they provide local, small
scale, ‘walk to’ services for industrial occupiers e.g. workplace crèches.

6.4 In many areas of London smaller industrial sites, which lie outside the SEL
Framework, can be important in providing local employment and economic diversity.
This SPG seeks to protect such sites for industrial activity where they continue to
meet industrial requirements. However, it also recognises that historic policy was
unrealistic in seeking to prevent the transfer to other uses of all industrial land across
whole sub-regions of London. This applies even to parts of South and West London
and of the fringe of Central London where market reports suggest that there is
general but not universal shortage of useable industrial land.

6.5 This SPG recognises that demand and supply of industrial land remains unevenly
distributed throughout London. Following DLP paragraph 3B. 30 it provides guidance
on redressing these imbalances, recognising that outside the SEL some industrial land
will still be transferred to other uses in areas of general shortage, e.g. in parts of West
and South London and of the Central London fringe, though most transfers will take
place elsewhere. This requires a more flexible, criteria-based approach to industrial
capacity than was provided by historic policy and one which is more rigorously
attuned to changes in market relationships. Paragraphs 5.4-5.6 underscore the need
for regular, strategically coordinated reviews of demand and supply of industrial

6.6 Locally Significant Industrial Sites: Outside the SEL Framework, boroughs should
designate on UDP Proposals Maps those sites of particular local importance which
they wish to protect for industrial users. Where these sites are identified on Proposals
Maps and are afforded the same policy protection in the UDP as those sites within
the SEL Framework, there will be strategic support for boroughs to resist their
development for non-industrial uses. However, to ensure that land so protected will
be used efficiently, UDPs should draw on the criteria outlined in paragraphs 6.9 –
6.15 and must demonstrate that there is local demand for them in industrial use.
Particular attention should be paid to retaining adequate capacity to meet the
requirements of firms servicing Central London which require sites within or close to
its fringe.

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