Village Plans

Each Village Plan describes:

  • Your local area and vision for how the area will develop in the future.
  • The key issues, priorities and opportunities in your area.
  • How you can be involved in improving your local area.
  • Useful information about how to get things done with the Council.

Read our FAQs

Barnes Kew Mortlake East Sheen Richmond/Richmond Hill Ham and Petersham St Margaret's/East Twickenham Hampton Wick Teddington Hampton Hampton Hill Strawberry Hill Twickenham Whitton/Heathfield

[Click on your village in the map to see your local Village Plan]

Latest Village Planning news

St Margarets, Richmond and East Twickenham

Following three Question Time events, in the January 2015, a series of drop-ins and walkabout sessions were held in these three villages, to collate information from residents about their local area, particularly key areas of interest, particular features and what residents would like to see improved.

All the information gathered through the consultation, has now been incorporated into  draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD). These documents contain the vision for the area and planning guidance that the Council, residents, and other land owners should take into account when considering development proposals or making planning applications in these three areas.

Residents will soon be asked to review the draft SPDs and give their views before they are formally adopted early next  year.

A consultation will launch here online on Friday 9 October. In addition, drop in sessions will give residents an opportunity to view and discuss the documents with Council officers.

Drop in sessions:

  • St Margarets and East Twickenham - Sunday 11 October, 10am and 4pm at Twickenham Studios
  • Richmond - Saturday 7 November, 10am to 4pm at Duke Street Church

The deadline for comments will be Friday 20 November 2015.

Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen

Following three Question Time events, in the winter of 2014 a series of drop-ins and walkabout sessions were held in Barnes, East Sheen and Mortlake, to collate information from residents about their local area, particularly key areas of interest, particular features and what residents would like to see improved. This information will help shape:

  • How current Council policy impacts on planning and development and how best to protect and enhance your area's character and conservation areas; and
  • Wider aspirations for your community that contribute to its character and feel to make it a desirable place to live, such as strengthening opportunities to get involved or tackling isolation of the elderly.

The information was compiled into three local Village Plans and residents were invited to have their say. The consultation is now closed and the comments raised will be incorporated. A further consultation will be held before the summer.

Leader's Question Time

Local Question Time events have now been held in eight villages across the borough as part of the Village Planning process. See below for the footage of the events. Further events will be announced shortly.

Background to Village Planning

At the end of 2010, we sent every household the All in One survey, which asked about the priorities of residents in each local area. We asked what people liked about where they lived and what could be improved.

We followed this up with a series of village planning events across the borough. These events gave residents the chance to discuss local issues in more detail and find potential solutions, including how we could work with the community to take things forward together.

As a result, we created 14 Village Plans.

What is happening now?

The results of the All in One survey also showed that residents had a desire to shape planning policy for their local area. Therefore we have agreed to include a dedicated section in each Village Plan, which offers residents and businesses with an easy way of developing planning policy in their area.

This type of document is known as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and it can be taken into account when making planning decisions.

For more information about Village Planning, read our FAQs.

Village Planning programme timetable

The second phase of the village planning programme began in September 2013 and is scheduled to conclude in December 2017. By the end of the programme villages will have a supplementary planning document (SPD) and a refreshed Village Plan.

Stage Plans Dates
Pilot Kew, Whitton and Heathfield September 2013 to September 2014
2 Barnes, East Sheen, Mortlake October 2014 to September 2015
3 St Margarets, East Twickenham and Richmond January 2015 to December 2015
4 Hampton, Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick and Teddington January 2016 to December 2016
5 Twickenham and Strawberry Hill January 2017 to December 2017

Each project stage takes around a year to complete, and includes a range of community engagement activities to enable residents to come along and tell us their view, concerns and share their ideas for improving their village.

Updating your Village Plan

Once the Phase 2 Plan has been completed we will not be undertaking any additional village planning consultation/engagement activities in each village until we have completed the whole programme (as shown in the timetable).

However, we will continue to update the Village Plan webpages on a rolling schedule, and will use the Community News pages to let you know when we are refreshing your plans. You can help us to keep your Village Plan up to date by telling us about any community projects you are planning and, where possible, we will include them in your Village Plan. You can email us your ideas and updates at any time to

Updated: 5 October 2015