Village Plan for the Barnes area

Your Barnes – Key Issues, Priorities and Opportunities

Community Ideas

Community Links Officers have been working alongside residents, community groups, Council teams and partner organisations since 2014 to help identify and deliver community priorities. Through village planning consultation, community members often raise ideas for the area the area they live in.

Many initiatives and projects are eligible for funding or part funding through the Civic Pride Fund, and the new Village Planning Fund.

Some ideas may not require funding but can be delivered through partnership working, sharing and collaborating in the community. If you have ideas or know of opportunities like these, please get in touch with your local Community Links Officer Lynette Lawson-Tyers:

Phone: 07943 555 676
Email: lynette.lawson-tyers@richmond.gov.uk

Ideas for Barnes

  • Improvements to Castelnau Shopping Parade to improve footfall in shops.
  • Improvements to play equipment and community space at Suffolk Road Rec and Washington playground.
  • Improved facilities at both of Barnes’ stations and make them more welcoming for tourists, including way finding mechanisms (for e.g. maps/ guides).
  • Conversion of a disused railway bridge into a pedestrianised garden bridge for the community, Barnes Garden Bridge project.
  • Improve visual connectivity to the river through replacement of parts of the River wall with glass at Terrace and Lonsdale Roads.

Community Facilities

Activities and facilities Barnes residents use for recreation and wellbeing:

Castelnau Community Centre is a community venue offering a wide range of activities and social support to people of all ages, and is available to hire for parties, club meetings and corporate functions.

The Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) was set up to actively participate in the management, conservation and enhancement of the Barnes Common. It is run by members of the community and has a membership of over 200 individuals.

Barnes Community Association is a community run charity that aims to bring residents together to support the social life of the village and develop its character and amenities.

Barnes Green Day Centre, run by Age UK, is a community resource with an extensive programme of activities to help people aged 50 and over to stay physically and mentally fit.

Barn Elms Sports Trust is a charitable trust dedicated to ensuring the future of the sporting provision on the old Barn Elms Playing Fields site.

London Wetlands Centre is an urban wetland run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), a conservation charity that protects wetlands. The London centre, with it’s lakes, ponds and gardens, has information sessions for all ages and a café with play area.

Libraries

We are committed to keeping all borough libraries open. There are no plans to close any buildings and relocation of any library would only be considered if better facilities were secured.

Castelnau Library continues to be a popular place with the local community. As well as access to a wide range of books and information resources, library users can enjoy the benefits of free Wi-Fi and a modern network of free access public PCs, with internet, scanners, printers and a variety of software. There is a full programme of events at Castelnau Library.

Residents with a Richmond Card are also able to access e-Resources from home, including eBooks and eAudio. Our online catalogue and webpage acts as an access point to the Local Studies Archive and Image Gallery, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines and our Online Reference Resources. All these electronic services can be accessed for free from home using the Richmond Card, giving library members a 24/7/365 service.

The number of book reservations placed online has increased year on year since 2013 - and continues to rise. During 2015/16 40,900 reservations were placed online by customers using computers, laptops or mobile phones. 78% of book requests are ready to collect within 7 days of request. This is the best service in London and is one of the areas where our service has improved the most in the past five years.

All our libraries offer assistance in basic IT skills and we deliver more advanced taster sessions through our Learning Team in the Information and Reference Library. For those who require assistance in seeking employment we also hold Work Club sessions.

A new public toilet is being installed at Castelnau Library and will be completed in May 2017.

Art and Culture

The Council’s Cultural Partnership strategy(pdf, 1400KB) sets out the vision for culture in the borough. The aim, by 2019, is for the borough to be even better known for its outstanding public spaces and river environment, world-class heritage and sport facilities, historic buildings and high quality cultural opportunities. It should be a place where all residents can benefit from participating in the borough’s cultural life.

The remit of the Arts Service is to make arts accessible for everyone and to engage all villages in the Borough. Often the arts and cultural activity that takes place is funded from external funding bodies, rather than the Council directly. We will continue to consult with local residents to ensure we are providing services appropriate to each area which take account of community feedback. There is no core funding for public art – public art projects usually occur as a result of improvements to buildings or parks/open spaces and consultation is undertaken. In some cases planning permission is required for public art for which  required consultation will be undertaken when needed.

We will continue to look at ways in which our programmes of activity, particularly outdoor arts and summer programming can tour to all villages in the borough, including Barnes. Holding our Mini-Fest event on Barnes Green in 2013 and 2014 showed how successful this model can be.

All villages will take part in the borough's World War One Commemorations, the Music and Drama Festival and the Richmond Literature Festival. Schools from across the borough take part in the arts' service programme of activity including education workshops, annual dance showcase RichDance and Dramatic Edge workshops and performances.

The Old Sorting Office is a key venue in Barnes and hosts events as part of the Arts Service programme including Richmond Literature Festival events in November and events as part of the Music and Drama Festival.

Run in conjunction with Barnes Children's Centre, Family Explorers is a programme run for parents and children, encouraging creativity, curiosity and develop early communication.

Sports and Leisure

The Sport, Open Space and Recreation Needs Assessment is a comprehensive audit and assessment of existing provision of all types of open spaces, sport and recreational facilities including the quality of supply and their condition. Future demand for facilities, specific needs and opportunities has also been assessed.

The Council’s Sport and Fitness Services Team manage four dual use sports centres and two swimming pools in the borough. The Sports Development Team supports sports clubs, schools, coaches and provides assistance for elite athletes and promotes and provides activity for both children and adults with disabilities through its RISE programme. Visit the Sports pages for more information.

Barnes Elms Playing Fields offers a range of excellent facilities including a 6 lane athletics track, tennis courts, outdoor rugby and football pitches, cricket pitches and nets and sports pavilion.

The Richmond Card is available for residents. It combines the previous parking card/discounts, library membership, and the opportunity to join local sports and fitness centres. If you use any of our facilities once a week or more it will be cost effective to add on a leisure subscription when applying for a Richmond Card.

To find other local facilities including schools, libraries and sport facilities and much more search Find My Nearest.

The aim of London Sport is to make London the most physically active sporting city in the world. It can support organisations in a range of different ways.

Children and Young People

The Council’s Children and Young People’s Plan and Needs Assessment(pdf, 923KB) sets out the direction and goals for the Council and its strategic partners, covering all services for children and young people up to the age of 19, and those available for care leavers and young people with learning disabilities up to the age of 25.

Achieving for Children is a community interest company, wholly owned by Kingston and Richmond Councils, set up to deliver their children’s services. Achieving for Children’s Local Offer is a website providing information on local services and support available for families including children and young people aged between 0 - 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities.

All services related to children and young people based in Richmond, can be found on the Children's services page. The Leisure and Youth Richmond Card gives young people access to our sports and fitness centres. It also entitles the cardholder to discounts on sports, fitness and other youth activities.

Castelnau Community project are commissioned to deliver three evenings a week from the Castelnau Community Centre. The Centre also offers a huge range of other activities, such as an internet cafe. For more information please contact 020 8741 0909 or email info@castelnaucentreproject.co.uk.

Powerstation Youth Club provides a range of youth activities for young people aged 11+. Activities can include music production, band practice, health and exercise, information, advice and guidance, trips away, holiday activities and accreditations.

Barnes Children’s Centre has a range of activities and services for families with children under the age of five.

Health

We are committed to working in partnership with GP Practices, other health services and the voluntary sector to develop joined up services for local residents.  

Making Richmond a Dementia Friendly borough

We are leading Richmond Dementia Action Alliance (RDAA) - a network of 79 organisations based in, working in, or providing a service for residents in the Richmond borough, the purpose of which is to help local businesses and organisations to contribute towards a more dementia friendly borough. Look out for the nationally recognised dementia friendly logo in local business, shops, organisations and community groups.

For more information contact DementiaActionAlliance@richmond.gov.uk.

Alzheimer’s Society Richmond has Dementia Advisers and Dementia Support Workers to provide individualised information, guidance and support to people with dementia and their carers. Other services include peer support groups, dementia cafés and general information support.

Shaping joined up primary care services

The NHS, Richmond CCG and Richmond Council have also developed a Joint Primary Care Strategy that sets the direction for services in Richmond. The purpose of the strategy is to ensure that primary care is providing accessible, pro-active and co-ordinated care for residents closer to home.

The strategy will improve access to GPs overall through GP 'hubs' providing extra GP clinics from 8am - 8pm. The initiative is linked to pharmacies and the voluntary sector to provide support within communities. The Council has worked closely with all partners to support this project. GP appointments can also be made online. An appointment is guaranteed on the same day for children aged five or under.

Council and health service staff are receiving training – called ‘Making Every Contact Count’ – to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills they need to give good advice and information to residents. These courses are designed to enable staff and volunteers to develop the essential skills needed to identify people who could benefit from additional support, raise the issue with them and refer that person to the appropriate services.

The training does not take extra time or skill; it is about providing access to what is on offer in Richmond. The topics addressed are:

  • Addressing loneliness and isolation
  • Accessing new technologies
  • Introducing active travel
  • Promoting winter warmth

Voluntary sector and community groups can sign up online.

Services for senior residents

We run a Full of Life Fair every year, to celebrate older residents and the contribution they make in the borough, in conjunction with Older Peoples Day. This year's fair will be held on Friday 6 October 2017.

Age UK Richmond provides a wide range of activities and services and cover the whole of the area of Richmond upon Thames. These include the handyperson service, housekeeping, welfare benefits advice, moving home service, day centres, outings and community activities which include cooking and exercise courses. Get in touch by calling 020 8878 3073.

Barnes Hospital

The Barnes Hospital site is  owned by the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

It is acknowledged that the mix of uses on this site will depend on the Mental Health Trust’s decision on how much of the site they need to retain for their own future needs.

There is a clear need for a new 2-form of entry primary school in this area as set out in the School Place Planning Strategy. Therefore, we expect any redevelopment proposal to prioritise the provision of the educational use. Appropriate land uses include social and community infrastructure uses (including education). The possibility of locating primary and/or community health services on this site should be investigated.

Only if community and social infrastructure uses have been explored and options discounted in line with other policies in this Plan, would the provision of housing (including affordable housing) and potential for extra-care housing, be considered as a potential redevelopment option. We expect that the most important existing Buildings of Townscape are retained. Any proposal should respond positively to the adjoining Queens Road Conservation Area and the relationship with Mortlake cemetery.

Detailed guidance on design and local character for the redevelopment of this site is set out in the East Sheen Village Planning Guidance SPD(pdf, 6338KB).

Parks, Open Spaces and Rivers

We have the largest area of public open space per head of population of any London borough. We have developed a number of plans to ensure the quality of our parks remains high. To see these plans, and for an update on all parks improvement works that are being carried out in the borough, see our latest update.

We are working with the newly established Friends of Suffolk Road Group and landscape designers to develop new proposals for Suffolk Road. The proposals will go out to public consultation in summer 2017.

Dementia friendly park

Barnes now has the first dementia friendly park in the borough. We consulted residents about the proposals to make Barnes Green a dementia friendly park and residents responded positively. As a result we now have resurfaced paths, additional benches and improved access to the pond. We also have features such as distinctive exits and entries marked by images of pond-life carved into wood and a meeting point totem pole.

Woodland playground needed on Sheen Common

Post consultation for a woodland playground on Sheen Common it was recommended that the project is reviewed by relevant ward and cabinet members following the May 2015 elections. It is also recommended that further public engagement would be required to move this project forward; such direct engagement would aim to address misconceptions, provide greater detail and discussion of the proposals and to explore the concerns that have been raised and opportunities to address them.

Sculpting the landscape on Barnes Common

Sculpting the landscape on to provide for flood attenuation on Barnes Common would need to be considered by the Council and Environment Agency together.

New allotment strategy

A new allotment strategy will be developed by the end of summer 2017.

Improvement to river frontage

Riverside footpaths have been resurfaced in Jubilee Gardens, Mortlake and from Barnes to Hammersmith. We will continue to work with the West London River Group to make further improvements, including to the towpath.

Trees

We have adopted a Tree Management Policy, the purpose of which is to safeguard trees both within public and private property. Where trees have to be removed for safety reasons we aim to plant a replacement in the same location.

Residents are able to make requests online for new trees to be planted. Any requests will be added to a list of sites that are surveyed in order to establish whether tree planting is suitable.

The Borough is characterised by trees, and especially its long avenues of mature plane, lime and horse chestnut trees.  Large trees are considered to be the most valuable in supporting ecosystems, which is recognised within the recently published London iTree study and is also reflected within the London Plan (Policy 7.21). The loss of larger trees results in a net loss of canopy cover and therefore a decrease in the benefits that are provided – an outcome which would contravene the aims of the London Plan and the Council’s adopted tree management policy.

The Council’s tree management policy adheres to the principle of planting the right tree in the right place, and seeks to complement existing property and infrastructure. It also considers the context of the established environment, such as existing species and historic avenues.

The ward works programme where larger trees are pruned as part of a cyclic regime is due to take place during the Summer and Autumn 2017. Lime basal and epicormic removal programme will be taking place during June 2017. Tree planting has taken place in 10 locations and a summer survey to identify replacement and new planting locations will be taking place in July and August 2017. This will include sites where trees have been requested through the village planning process and any areas that have been identified as lacking in trees within the Local Plan.

High Street and Commercial Centres

We support the Barnes Town Centre Manager role at the Barnes Community Association, and provide funding from the Town Centre Opportunities Fund. Barnes also receives a contribution towards the Christmas lights. In order to have a better display of lighting, the Town Centre ran a campaign to crowd fund for further funding which raised £17,500 from local businesses, retailers, churches, GP surgeries and residents.

Many things influence which shops appear on a High Street, including the location, customer base and traders’ individual preferences. Although the Council has limited influence on the mix of shops, it helps to make the High Street an attractive place to invest by maintaining the environment and providing funding to support local activity, such as funding towards Barnes Community Association’s town centre manager post, alongside that raised by local businesses.

Planning policy

Use of vacant space is encouraged providing that the new uses comply with planning policies. The Council’s local planning policies ensure that there are enough shopping facilities in centres to meet the local need and that there is a good balance of uses in each centre.

We provide shop front design guidance(pdf, 2637KB) for businesses and developers.

Our Planning policies are aimed at providing enough shopping and services for communities, which are established and based on detailed research. The amount of designated shopping frontage, where loss of retail may be restricted, is carefully defined so that each centre will have enough shops and a good balance of complementary uses. The health of centres, including the number of vacancies, is key to this process. The government has also introduced permitted development rights, which make it easier to convert shops to residential in appropriate areas.

Article 4 Directions

In May 2013, the Government introduced a permitted development right to allow change of use from offices to residential, and in such cases planning permission is not required.

Across the borough, there has been a significant loss of offices as a result of this permitted development right. In response, the Council made two Article 4 Directions to restrict this right. This means that in those areas to which the Article 4 Directions apply, planning permission will be needed for such development and the Council can properly determine each proposal. The Council is also in the process of reviewing all of its existing local planning policies, with a view to giving offices much stronger protection.

Business rates

We do not currently set business rate levels, only collect them.

Recycling and Street Scene

Issues around fly tipping, street cleaning, street lighting repairs and recycling and waste can be reported online or via the Customer Services Centre on 020 8891 1411.

We regularly runs campaigns to raise awareness, and works with the West London Waste Authority to encourage recycling in the borough. Council officers issue a fixed penalty notice for leaving litter if they witness the offence.

Highway inspections

All of the public highway in the borough is inspected regularly. The regularity depends on the nature of the highway. This varies from yearly to monthly. During these inspections vegetation that is growing from private property as to obstruct pedestrians and road users is identified with the owner/occupier being contacted.

They can be required to undertake the works and if they fail to act we may undertake the works and then recover the costs.

Dog fouling

We encourage responsible dog ownership, which in part means picking up after dogs. Our street cleansing contractor will respond and clear up when we receive specific complaints at specific locations.

Urban Design

The Public Space Design Guide is a Council document which helps officers in their day-to-day roles with streetscape design and is based on an approach we have been taking for some time. However, it is also intended as a guide for developers, contractors and other external agents working within the borough.

Community Safety and Anti Social Behaviour (ASB)

Our Community Safety Team works closely with the Police, Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and community groups such as Neighbourhood Watch to help keep your village safe.

Barnes Village, in common with all the village areas in Richmond upon Thames, is an area of low crime and anti-social behaviour, and Richmond upon Thames borough is consistently one of the safest London boroughs.

Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough is the responsibility of the Richmond upon Community Safety Partnership, which includes Richmond upon Thames Council, Richmond Police and other partners.

Policing

In Barnes Village the day to day policing of your area is carried out by Barnes and Mortlake and Barnes Common Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT). Each SNT has a named sergeant and a dedicated police constable (PC) and police community support officer (PCSO).

The Safer Neighbourhood Team also seek to resolve specific crime and anti-social behaviour concerns in your area that have been identified as priorities by local residents at your Police Liaison Group (PLG) meetings.

Some residents of Barnes Village fall under the Mortlake and Barnes Common SNT area. You can use My Richmond to find the ward and SNT for your location. Both SNTs also offer home survey visits, street briefings and police surgeries, details of which are available on the Barnes and Mortlake and Barnes Common SNT websites.

Our aim is to make Richmond the safest London borough for crime, reduce ASB and improve road safety. To this end improving road safety has been included as a priority in the latest yearly refresh of the Community Safety Plan 2014-2017, and has always been a key objective within our Transport Local Implementation Plans.

How you can get involved

If you want to get more involved in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in your village area by attending your local PLG meeting or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator you can contact your local SNT.

You can also find out more about crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough by signing up to receive the monthly Richmond upon Thames Community Safety Newsletters by emailing David Noakes, Community Safety Officer on d.noakes@richmond.gov.uk.

The work of the SNTs and PLGs in your area are supported by over 700 Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators across the borough.

Your comments

We have addressed any comments or questions that we have received from residents during the village planning process.

Older residents feel threatened by cold callers

If residents feel they are being harassed by traders, however, they should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0845 404 050 06 who can offer advice and guidance and refer doorstep sellers to Trading Standards if appropriate. Anyone feeling threatened should contact the police on 999. For more advice seedoorstep safety.

Speed limits and tackling crime in the area

The Safer Neighbourhood Teams continue to conduct road checks, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) checks and Operation Cubo days in line with operational planning and in liaison with the Metropolitan Police Traffic department, the Safer Transport Teams, Transport for London (TfL) and Richmond Council.

High rates of casual crime, e.g. vehicles broken into

While the borough has faced an increase in vehicle crime across the capital, Richmond continues to be one of London’s safest boroughs and crime levels within Barnes remain lower that the Borough average. The Safer Neighbourhoods Team have continued to participate in targeted operations to deter vehicle crime.

Few incidents of muggings but it feels unsafe at dusk/night

Street robberies continue to be low in Barnes Village but awareness continues to be encouraged in regard to personal safety and surroundings when displaying valuable items such as mobile phones and laptops. Safer neighbourhood teams have continued to monitor and patrol the area, and engage with Neighbourhood Watch, Dogwatch and Riverwatch groups.

Housing

Like most London boroughs, we face a shortage of affordable homes. The Borough Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) identifies in the period from 2014 to 2033 a net deficit of 964 affordable homes per annum, demonstrating the need for affordable homes remains substantial across all parts of the borough. Local Plan policies seek to maximise affordable housing, through a range of measures including providing more choice in the different types of affordable housing with the aim to provide for different levels of affordability.

The Census 2011 confirmed that 17.9% households in Barnes rent from a housing association landlord. This is above the borough average (12.6%) but similar to that found in other areas such as the Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside (18.5 %) ward. Historical development factors reflect the location of housing association homes.

Our allocation policy for housing association homes allows residents preference to choose the areas of the borough they wish to reside in (although this preference must be seen within a context of limited supply).

Barnes Hospital is a notable site being marketed for re-development.

Transport and Congestion

We are developing a holistic corridor project along the A306 (Castlenau and Rocks Lane) and junction with Hammersmith Bridge. This project seeks to reduce collisions and congestion, improve provision for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, enhance air quality and the public realm and support economic vitality for local businesses. Recent changes to the width restriction at Hammersmith Bridge included a reduction in bollard height and this appears to have had a positive effect on movement across the bridge heading north.

We have also sought potential options for a scheme to enhance the public realm and support local businesses along the High Street, focusing on the section to the west of Station Road and on the junction with Castelnau. Through these proposals we would seek to address the current congestion and air quality issues in the High Street by looking at parking and loading arrangements, while improving safety for vulnerable road users and journey reliability for public transport users. The council is looking to improving cycling infrastructure in an integrated and well-designed way can improve safety for all road users.

Electric charging points

A growing number of residents and businesses drive electric vehicles, they will play an increasing role in reducing emission levels in Richmond, while saving their users substantial amounts of money in running costs.

We have recently installed new vehicle charging points in residential roads in Twickenham and Barnes, with a view to expanding this number across the borough.

Your comments

We have addressed any comments or questions that we have received from residents during the village planning process.

Control speed around Mill Hill and Rock Lanes Junction

Plans to close Common Road were not supported, therefore the scheme to improve the junction will need to be reviewed.

Should have signs at the level crossings telling people to switch off their engines. Possibility of sign indicating how long the barriers would be down for

We are working with the local schools to design posters for inclusion into new signage around the level crossings advising of dangers of keeping engines running/pollution etc. It is hoped that these will be on site in the summer term 2017.

Request for footbridge over railway at White Hart Lane

into this resident-led request. Network Rail has agreed to put £500,000 (of a total cost of c£1.5million) towards the footbridge. Officers are working with Network Rail to conduct a feasibility study.

Roads and Pavements

Council officers inspect roads regularly, including an annual survey of roads in the Borough.

To report day-to-day faults on road and pavements, please use our online service. Officers will investigate the roads concerned and will consider putting together a business case for any repairs when resources permit.

Car Clubs

We support Enterprise and Zip Car Clubs in Richmond and you can obtain a parking permit if your business is a member of a Car Club scheme, and you need to park a registered vehicle within a Community Parking Zone during restricted hours.

Cycling

Our vision is to get more people cycling more often by making it easier, safer and more integrated.

The benefits of cycling for health are well known, but they also extend to the wider community - reducing road and public transport congestion, in turn reducing noise, improving air quality and providing health and wellbeing benefits.

The borough has one of the highest proportions of people cycling in London (7% of journeys in the borough are by bike). However, there is still more that can be done to inspire people to cycle and make it safer for all, so it's important that we have a clear plan on how we intend to support and encourage growth in cycling over the next ten years.

We consulted on a Cycling Strategy in Autumn 2016 to propose improved cycle networks across the borough.

For more information on cycling in the borough, please visit the Cycling pages.

Your comments

We have addressed any comments or questions that we have received from residents during the village planning process.

Replace the parking bay on Verdun Road along Harrodian wall with a segregated cycle track for children cycling to schools

An officer has visited the area and concluded that there is insufficient justification for implementation of a cycle lane, given the road is relatively quiet, soon to be 20mph, and there are other cycle infrastructure priorities in the area at present

Updated: 4 October 2017