The Highams Park Industrial Estate is currently a Borough Employment Area (BEA) under adopted policy but is now designated as a Locally Significant Industrial Site (LSIS) within the draft Waltham Forest Local Plan (LP1). This means it is prioritised and protected for industrial employment uses.
Other existing policies encourage the intensifying and upgrading of existing employment land to secure more jobs for local people and support a range of uses including research and light industrial, storage and distribution, and general industry.
The Highams Park Neighbourhood Plan sets out that the LSIS should “aim to support a successful local economy” and recognises that the provision of new jobs in the area is important and that the LSIS should encourage business uses with higher employment densities.
Waltham Forest also has an emerging target, through its draft Local Plan, to deliver a minimum of 3,400 homes and 1,900 jobs in ‘Strategic Locations’ within the North Waltham Forest area, including at least 400 homes in Highams Park.
Other key policies of the draft Local Plan support the development of masterplans to ensure a comprehensive approach is taken to the LSIS. Highams Park Industrial Space is identified as one of the borough’s 12 LSIS that is suitable for co-location. The draft Local Plan requires that, “design mitigation between industrial and non-industrial uses will be important to ensure that co-location can be delivered effectively. This should be designed with the industrial uses in mind, ensuring that their operation is not compromised, and use the Agent of Change Principle to do this. Other design mitigation that should be considered are safety and security, layout and orientation, public realm, and environmental health impacts such as noise and air quality. If the masterplan route is followed, uses that may be appropriate for co-location alongside industrial include residential, retail, food and drink and social and community infrastructure uses.”