Light industrial workspace under threat

My 13th July 2017 question urged the Mayor to ask the Government to revisit their rule change that could see London lose vast swathes of light industrial workspace

At the London Assembly’s 13th July Mayor’s Question Time I urged the Mayor of London to ask the Government to revisit their rule change that could see London lose vast swathes of light industrial workspace.

On 30th September 2017 the Government is introducing an extension to permitted development rights to include light industry. We have already seen the damage permitted development rights have had on office to residential conversions. This extension will threaten the existence of up to 36 per cent of these light industrial premises scattered all over London, which could see them turned into substandard homes.

These premises are mainly located behind high streets – these smaller firms are integral to London; keeping London’s economy going, our supply chains going, and providing local jobs.

The Mayor of London said: ‘Just like we need more homes in London, we need more workplaces too. So, let me think about what we’ve said and think about renewing my efforts to try and persuade the government to change their mind’.

Nicky said: ‘I am pleased the Mayor is reviewing the Government’s decision to extend permitted development rights to light industry. This is such an important issue to Londoners and I will continue to monitor this closely’.

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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