Green Belt

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th July 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Boff Andrew Boff Conservative

Could the Mayor confirm whether or not he would be flexible on SIL to aid Enfield Council in delivering more housing and to steer it away from its deeply unpopular plans to de-designate Green Belt?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The 10-year housing target for Enfield set out in my London Plan is based on the strategic policy objectives of protecting both the Green Belt/Metropolitan Open Land and London’s industrial capacity. This approach was supported by the evidence base that accompanied the London Plan and informed its development.

London Plan policy E4 requires the provision and maintenance of a sufficient supply of land and premises to meet current and future demands for industrial and related functions. Policy E7 encourages the intensification of industrial and related uses in Strategic Industrial Locations (SIL) and Locally Significant Industrial Sites (LSIS) to provide additional industrial capacity and, in specific circumstances, to support the delivery of residential and other uses. The GLA has also published best practice guidance to help boroughs promote the intensification of industrial land through local planning policy.

GLA officers are currently reviewing Enfield’s draft local plan to assess its general conformity with the London Plan. This will involve looking at Enfield’s approach to housing delivery, what options have been considered in arriving at that position, and the evidence underpinning it.