Planning and Development in Hampton
Planning Policy Background
Current planning policy is set out in adopted Plans – the Core Strategy and the Development Management Plan. There is an online proposals map and also a range of guidance for new developments in the area.
The residential area is surrounded by Green Belt and the River Thames corridor, and these areas as well as the local parks are all protected from further built development.
Hampton village and Hampton Square are defined as local centres and within these areas the aim is to maintain and improve provision of shops and services.
Any new development, including infill will be expected to be compatible with established local character and provide sufficient car parking. Hampton village, Platts Eyot, Hanworth Road (part) and Joanna Southcott Chapel are designated as conservation areas.
Planning Policy Aims
Planning policy for the Hampton village Area is designed to achieve the following:
- The character of the area is maintained and new development must be appropriate in terms of scale and traditional materials.
- New development should not lead to further parking problems either in residential roads or the shopping areas.
- The distinctive green character of streets created through wide grass verges, street trees and front gardens will be maintained where possible, unsightly car parking in front gardens will be restricted.
- New and improved buildings for community, health and educational use will be sought when opportunities arise.
- Local shopping areas at Hampton village and Hampton Square will be protected.
- Historic buildings and conservation areas (Hampton village, Platts Eyot, Hanworth Road, Joanna Southcott Chapel) will be protected and enhanced.
- Environmental improvements will be undertaken in Hampton village conservation area and opposite Platts Eyot, and tree planting in areas of deficiency including Broad Lane, Hanworth Road, Hatherop Recreation ground.
- The riverside will be protected and enhanced and new linkages created e.g. from Hampton village to Platts Eyot to improve Riverside access.
- Policies seek the regeneration of Platts Eyot including the repair and reuse of the historic buildings and the retention of the working community.
- The Green Belt is protected and non-operational water works land is to be used in an appropriate way.New operational buildings will have minimal visual and ecological impact on the Green Belt.
Areas of change and Future Planned Development
The Uplift Programme for Hampton Square is described in Key Issues under Special Projects.
The Council’s policies identify two sites where redevelopment is anticipated:
Land and Buildings at Hampton Water Works - the proposal is that some of the disused Thames Water buildings be brought into use for business, residential and other compatible uses. As this is Green Belt any building on open land but would be limited to the minimum necessary to achieve viability; most of the open space in this area would be protected. Improved links to and along the Riverside would be expected
Platts Eyot – the proposal is for regeneration of the Island to retain the working community and the repair and reuse of the listed buildings on the Island.