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.

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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

Our first two Village Plans, with integrated planning guidance, have now launched!

Over the past six months, hundreds of residents, local community groups and businesses from Kew and Whitton and Heathfield have played a lead role in developing new local planning policy and refreshing the Village Plans for their area.

Local presentations

If you live in Kew or Whitton and Heathfield, and would like to hear what this plan means for your local area and how you can be involved in the future, you can attend a presentation in your local area.

If you would like to attend email us at: allinone@richmond.gov.uk.

Kew

  • Thursday 25 September, from 6.30 to 7.30pm.
  • St. Winefride’s Church Hall, 1 Leyborne Park, Kew Gardens TW9 3HB.

Whitton

  • Tuesday 23 September, from 6.30 to 7.30pm.
  • Whitton Youth Zone, Britannia Lane, Whitton, TW2 7JX.

Background

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.

Are you doing SPDs for every village in the borough?

Rather than create these planning documents for each village at the same time, we selected two villages - Kew and Whitton and Heathfield - to trial the new process.

These are now complete and will be launched at local presentation events in September.

The next phase of village planning is about to commence with consultations due to launch in East Sheen, Barnes and Mortlake.

Other villages across the borough will then move forward with their plans in 2014 and beyond, eventually covering the whole borough. Ham and Petersham are proceeding separately with a local Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

What about wider community matters?

The Village Plans will continue to reflect wider community needs, aspirations and activities, which we will work to deliver alongside the community and  our partners. This could include tackling isolated elderly, strengthening opportunities to get involved, improving green spaces or planning school places.

How can I get involved in shaping my local plan?

At the end of 2013, we worked with residents from Whitton and Heathfield and Kew to help shape the planning vision for their local area. Residents in both areas attended a series of public events and ‘walkabouts’ around their local area.

The events gave us an opportunity to hear resident thoughts on the local area, and their ideas on how best to protect and enhance its character, conservation areas, any site specific issues and how our current policies impact planning and development.

In addition, we held two Leader's Questions Times in each area:

Following this, we compiled SPDs for Kew(pdf, 4262KB) and Whitton and Heathfield(pdf, 4215KB), using all the feedback they had been given. Residents were again invited for their views.

An SPD provides a vision for a local area. It identifies key policies and helps to identify the ‘local character’ of the area and what features need to be retained. Once adopted, the SPD will help to maintain and enhance this local character. The SPD will establish key design principles for new development and will be taken into account by us when deciding on planning applications. this applies for both new development and changes to existing buildings.

Kew and Whitton and Heathfield Village Plans have now relaunched, and we are about to embark on a similar exercise in East Sheen, Barnes and Mortlake.

Are there other opportunities for me to have my say?

To find out about other consultations going on in your local area or across the borough, visit our consultation finder. You will find details about all of our consultations.

Contact

For more information about these events:

Email: allinone@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 8 September 2014