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.

Now residents in Barnes, East Sheen and Mortlake will be invited to join the conversation. Starting off with three Question Time events. See below for further information.

Leader's Question Time

Three local ‘Question-time’ style events will enable residents toshare directly withthe Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members the local issues that mean most to them, to make suggestions for improvements and hold leading members of the Council to account.

In the lead-up to the launch of the Village Planning consultation process in Barnes, East Sheen and Mortlake this autumn, the events in each village will enable residents to have their say about their local area, directly to the local decisions makers.

To see footage of previous Question Time events:

Future Question Time events will be held:


  • Wednesday 15 October
  • 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • The Old Power Station, 121 Mortlake High St


  • Monday 20 October
  • 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • OSO Community Arts Centre, 49 Station Rd

East Sheen

  • Thursday 23 October
  • 6.30pm – 8:30pm
  • All Saints Church, 86 East Sheen Avenue, East Sheen

To submit a question to any of the events, Question Times, or for more information, please Please clearly state at the start of your email which Question Time you want to attend.

Pre-submitted questions will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis to be asked on the night, but all questions submitted in advance will receive a written answer and be published online.

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.

What is an SPD?

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 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.

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

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.

How can I get involved in shaping my local plan?

Over the next few months, there will be a number of opportunities in East Sheen, Barnes and Mortlake, for residents to have their say. This includes the initial Question Time events, closely followed by drop in sessions and community walk abouts. If you would like to be kept informed, email:

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.


For more information about these events:


Updated: 29 September 2014