The new Draft London Plan is a positive step for the city’s logistics sector, but there are still issues which need to be addressed, according to the Freight Transport Association.
The plan was launched by London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan and the consultation will remain open until March 2018. It sets out a proposed strategy, to shape how London evolves and develops. Once adopted, all planning decisions should follow London Plan policies.
FTA’s Head of Policy for London, Natalie Chapman, said the document makes positive steps to address the needs of the logistics industry: “The Draft London Plan shows a good understanding of some of the challenges faced by companies transporting goods in and out of the capital.
“Rising land values and the pressure for housing has left industrial land in short supply. This means logistics hubs have been pushed further and further from the centre, leading to longer journey times and more vehicles on the roads. The FTA is pleased to see the recognition of a need for more industrial land within London. However, we would like to see space earmarked for smaller logistics hubs close to the city centre, to service the growing use of electric vehicles.”
She added: “One area which has not been addressed is the impact of congestion on road freight services and the growing need for truck drivers to take their legal breaks within the M25. We’d like the Mayor and his team to address the need for lorry parks in London to allow drivers to take their breaks in a secure and pleasant environment and without causing disruption to residents living along major routes.”