Ham and Petersham – Neighbourhood planning

Consultation on draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum submitted their draft Neighbourhood Plan to the Council on 14 September 2017. The draft Plan sets out a vision and objectives to help shape the future of the area, and includes policies which, once the Plan has been 'made', will be used to determine planning applications within the designated Ham and Petersham area.

The draft Plan is now subject to a public consultation from Wednesday 6 December 2017 until 5pm on Friday 26 January 2018.

Alongside the draft Plan, the Forum has also submitted the following supporting and background documents:

How to make comments on the draft Plan

Anyone wishing to submit representations on the draft Plan should use the Representation Form (MS Word, 51 KB). Representations can be submitted via email to LocalPlan@richmond.gov.uk or by post to Planning Policy, LB Richmond upon Thames, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham TW1 3BZ.

Representations should focus on whether the draft Neighbourhood Plan meets the 'basic conditions' and other matters that the independent examiner is required to consider. Further information and guidance on the 'basic conditions' can be found within the Representation Form.

All comments must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 26 January 2018. Please note that responses will not be treated as confidential and any anonymous responses will not be accepted.

Reference copies of the draft Plan, as well as hard copy versions of the Representation Form, are available at the following locations during normal opening hours:

  • Ham Library, Ham Street, TW10 7HR
  • Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham TW1 3BZ

What happens next

All responses received will be forwarded to an independent examiner, who will conduct an examination into the draft Plan. The examiner will consider all representations before a decision is made as to whether the Plan can proceed to a local referendum, or whether some modifications need to be made before it can proceed to this stage.

At the referendum stage, the Neighbourhood Plan will require a majority 'yes' vote in order for it to be 'made', meaning it is brought into legal force as part of the Borough's statutory development plan. Once it has been 'made', it will be used to determine planning applications within the designated Ham and Petersham neighbourhood area.

Previous consultation

The Forum previously consulted on the draft Neighbourhood Plan (pre-submission version) for six weeks from 30 January to 10 March 2017. All comments were collated by the Forum and have informed the submission version.

Approved Neighbourhood Forum and Area

In April 2013, Richmond Council received applications by members of the local community in Ham and Petersham to be formally designated as a Neighbourhood Forum, and to set the boundary of their Neighbourhood Area. A public consultation on the Forum and Area applications took place from 3 May until 14 June 2013.

On 16 January 2014, the London Borough of Richmond approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Area and the Neighbourhood Forum.

The approved application and a map of the area in which the neighbourhood planning powers apply can be viewed below.

Download the applications and all relevant information:

In addition, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum have agreed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding(pdf, 1175KB) relating to a strategic approach in respect of the Thames Policy Area adjacent to the river.

You can find more information on the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum website or contact info@hamandpetershamforum.org.

Contact the Local Plan team

For further information or if you have any questions or comments, please use the following contact details:

Telephone: 020 8891 1411
Email: Local.Plan@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 8 December 2017