Press Release

Expert commission to investigate future of London’s industrial land

Centre for London, the capital’s dedicated think tank, is convening an independent, expert-led commission to provide fresh thinking on the future of London’s industrial land.

The Industrial Land Commission is chaired by Liz Peace CBE, Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, and is made up of senior experts including local authorities, landowners and occupiers.

The Commission will look at the role that industrial land plays in London’s economy and review the supply of, and demand for, industrial land in the capital. The Commission will also make policy recommendations to strengthen and reform industrial land planning policy and set out ways that local, regional and national government can support the optimal use of industrial land to economic, social and environmental benefit.

The work of the commissioners will be supported by a secretariat at Centre for London.

The full list of commissioners includes:

  • Mark Brearley, Director, Kaymet London Limited
  • Andrea Charlson, Senior Advisor, ReLondon
  • Jessica Ferm, Associate Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London
  • Dr Stefania Fiorentino, Lecturer, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and Associate Member of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, University of Cambridge
  • David Francis, Director, West London Alliance
  • Caroline Harper, Chief Planning Director, Be First
  • Neil Impiazzi, Partnerships Development Manager, SEGRO
  • Paul Lewin, Planning Policy and Projects Manager, London Borough of Brent
  • Holly Lewis, Partner, We Made That
  • Gerald Mason, Senior Vice President, Tate & Lyle Sugars
  • Rob McNicol, Acting London Plan Team Manager, Greater London Authority
  • Martyn Saunders, Director, Planning, Development and Regeneration, Avison Young
  • Liz Peace, Chair of Trustees, Centre for London

Commissioners will meet four times over the next six months and report in late 2021.

Liz Peace CBE, Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, Chair of Trustees at Centre for London and Chair of the Industrial Land Commission said:

“Industrial sites are vital for freight, logistics and waste but their use can range from tech studios and advanced printing to film studios and micro-breweries.

“In recent years, the future of London’s industrial land has risen up the policy agenda as demand for space has intensified.

“I look forward to working with our expert commissioners to take a fresh look at how industrial land fits into our city.”

Neil Impiazzi, Partnership Development Director at SEGRO and a Commissioner of the Industrial Land Commission, said:

“The last 12 months in particular have demonstrated the vital role that businesses which need industrial and logistics space in our cities play in helping our society function effectively.

“Whether this is creating employment, making supply chains more resilient or accommodating the services that communities increasingly rely on, such as consumer goods, medicine or food deliveries.

“We need to recognise the importance of the sector as well as drive innovation and collaboration to make the most of the limited land available. The public and private sectors need to work together to address the challenges of intensifying brownfield land and delivering industrial mixed use.

“I’m confident that the work of the Industrial Land Commission will help to deliver recommendations that achieve a brighter future for London’s industrial land.”