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How can we support jobs and businesses, and respond to the challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic?

It is vital to support economic growth and productivity as part of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, we need to ensure that new and existing businesses can adapt as part of the response to the climate emergency. Planning policies in the new Local Plan need to reflect these priorities.


We also want to ensure that businesses are in a position to support educational outcomes such as apprenticeships, work experience and skills training. Affordable workspaces can help with this. The London Plan recommends we consider detailed affordable workspace policies within our Development Plan, in light of local evidence of need and viability.


Industrial land and floorspace provide a wide range of uses that are essential to the functioning of London’s economy. The new London Plan states that we should seek to deliver intensified floorspace capacity in existing or new locations supported by appropriate evidence. It recommends defining detailed boundaries of Strategic Industrial Locations (SIL) in policy maps with regards to intensification. The London Plan also allows for greater flexibility for previously protected industrial employment land to be re-allocated for housing.


What is the current situation?

Main employment sectors in the borough (2019). 18% admin and support, 11% retail, 10% education, 9% professional services, 7% healthcare, 7% accomodation and food, 5% recreation, 5% social care, 5% wholesale, 23% other

The Royal Borough of Kingston contained 558,000 sq.m of employment space (i.e. office and industrial) in 2020. This space comprises 318,000 sq.m (57%) of industrial space and 240,000 sq.m (43%) of offices.

At the end of 2019, Kingston had 10,195 active businesses which is a 20% increase over the last five years. A large majority of these businesses (90%) were classed as ‘micro’ as they employed fewer than 10 people.


How could the new Local Plan help?

The new Local Plan could revise industrial site boundaries and the types of development that will be supported within them. It could focus on directing employment land uses to particular locations within the borough (e.g. industrial uses within designated industrial locations and offices within main town centres).


Further policies could be put in place to protect valuable floor space and safeguard jobs by restricting changes of use on sites.


The new Local Plan could provide support for new employment floorspace through strategic policies, allocating sites for specific uses and promoting affordable and flexible workspace as part of new developments or through seeking financial contributions from larger developments.

To learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing our Local Economy please read our '
Summary Document: Local Economy’.

To give your thoughts and feedback on our Local Economy, please answer the questions below.

If you have any difficulties with accessing any of the materials or simply need help with responding to questions and leaving comments you can:

  • email the Strategic Planning Team at localplan@kingston.gov.uk

  • call us on on our FREEPHONE number: 0800 008 6309


How can we support jobs and businesses, and respond to the challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic?

It is vital to support economic growth and productivity as part of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, we need to ensure that new and existing businesses can adapt as part of the response to the climate emergency. Planning policies in the new Local Plan need to reflect these priorities.


We also want to ensure that businesses are in a position to support educational outcomes such as apprenticeships, work experience and skills training. Affordable workspaces can help with this. The London Plan recommends we consider detailed affordable workspace policies within our Development Plan, in light of local evidence of need and viability.


Industrial land and floorspace provide a wide range of uses that are essential to the functioning of London’s economy. The new London Plan states that we should seek to deliver intensified floorspace capacity in existing or new locations supported by appropriate evidence. It recommends defining detailed boundaries of Strategic Industrial Locations (SIL) in policy maps with regards to intensification. The London Plan also allows for greater flexibility for previously protected industrial employment land to be re-allocated for housing.


What is the current situation?

Main employment sectors in the borough (2019). 18% admin and support, 11% retail, 10% education, 9% professional services, 7% healthcare, 7% accomodation and food, 5% recreation, 5% social care, 5% wholesale, 23% other

The Royal Borough of Kingston contained 558,000 sq.m of employment space (i.e. office and industrial) in 2020. This space comprises 318,000 sq.m (57%) of industrial space and 240,000 sq.m (43%) of offices.

At the end of 2019, Kingston had 10,195 active businesses which is a 20% increase over the last five years. A large majority of these businesses (90%) were classed as ‘micro’ as they employed fewer than 10 people.


How could the new Local Plan help?

The new Local Plan could revise industrial site boundaries and the types of development that will be supported within them. It could focus on directing employment land uses to particular locations within the borough (e.g. industrial uses within designated industrial locations and offices within main town centres).


Further policies could be put in place to protect valuable floor space and safeguard jobs by restricting changes of use on sites.


The new Local Plan could provide support for new employment floorspace through strategic policies, allocating sites for specific uses and promoting affordable and flexible workspace as part of new developments or through seeking financial contributions from larger developments.

To learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing our Local Economy please read our '
Summary Document: Local Economy’.

To give your thoughts and feedback on our Local Economy, please answer the questions below.

If you have any difficulties with accessing any of the materials or simply need help with responding to questions and leaving comments you can:

  • email the Strategic Planning Team at localplan@kingston.gov.uk

  • call us on on our FREEPHONE number: 0800 008 6309


  • To provide feedback on how we can support jobs and businesses, and how we can respond to the challenges and opportunities arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, please answer the questions below:

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