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London Assembly looks to mix housing and logistics

London Assembly looks to mix housing and logistics

The London Assembly is looking at ways to mix housing and logistics as the capital’s supply chain crisis deepens.

The London Assembly Planning Committee will tomorrow consider the issues involved in managing the demand for industrial land in London.

The debate comes as planning rules are relaxed to allow light industrial floorspace to be converted into residential space without having to apply for planning permission.

Permitted development rights for conversion of light industrial floorspace will come into operation on 1st October and last until September 2020. It applies to a change of use from class B1(c) (light industrial) to C3 (dwellinghouses).

The rules will only apply to buildings of 500 sq m or less. However, local councils can intervene if it will seriously effect the provision of industrial, storage or distribution services. They can also exclude certain areas using Article 4 directions whilst parts of central London and Canary Wharf are automatically exempt.

The move is expected to increase supply pressures in London’s warehouse sector.

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