Last edited 23 Sep 2020

Strategic industrial locations (SILs)

Strategic Industrial Locations (SILs) are designated in the London Plan, a spatial development strategy setting out an economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London.

SILs exist to ensure London provides a sufficient number of quality sites, in appropriate locations, to meet the needs of industrial and related sectors, such as logistics, waste management and environmental industries, utilities, wholesale markets, and so on.

There are two types of SIL:

Most SILs are more than 20 hectares in size, although some smaller areas of around 10 hectares can be of strategic importance where there is pressure on industrial land. Generally, SILs are located close to strategic transport infrastructure such as roads, rail, rivers, canals and safeguarded wharves.

The Mayor, and individual boroughs, are expected to promote, manage and protect the SILs.

Development proposals should meet the following criteria:

You can find out more and see the list of SILs here.

See also: Preferred industrial locations.

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