Available land space in London is moving at a fast pace. The targeted land use set to be released annually between 2011 and 2031 was 37ha, but evidence has shown that over the last five years the release of land has been three times the target at 106ha. Twelve London boroughs saw a release four times the target amount. If this rate were to continue, the Greater London Authority (GLA) would exceed the targeted amount of land loss this year.
London’s population always continues to grow and is forecast to reach over 10 million by 2031. With an ever-growing population, there is a constant change in consumer demands and urban logistics. The transportation of goods into the city of London has many challenges along with it. The industrial land for retailers and businesses struggles to keep a balance with the increasing residential demands. It is important for retailers to be in close proximity to customers for efficiency and timeliness, but it is also necessary for these companies to be located in London to allow for best transportation routes and fast results.
This suggests that there is currently no real effective regulation of the management of this land release or policies put in place. There needs to be a drastic change in the planning and policies of land release in London. This projection of urban logistics in London is just one example of many cities that deal with the same logistical struggles. This can lead as a good example for other cities around the world that city planning and the management of land is crucial to allow for the most efficient ways of transportation for complying with the growing of consumer demands.