Vision for Kew

The vision for Kew is to maintain its character as a residential area.

The vision is based on maintaining the character of Kew as an attractive residential area and as the setting for Kew Gardens World Heritage site; ensuring the Kew Garden Station shopping parade continues to provide a shopping and service centre for residents and visitors; Kew Green and Sandycombe Road continuing to provide local shops and services; and the towpath and open spaces being well maintained and enhanced where opportunity arises.

Kew Village Plan

The Kew Village Plan has been developed by residents and the Council, working together to improve the area.

On these pages, you will find:

  • Key issues in your local area, and what the Council and Community are doing about them
  • How to get involved in your local area
  • Kew’s local planning document

The Kew Village Plan is a live document which means it can be updated to reflect changing priorities and projects in the local area. If you have anything you would like to add or change, please email allinone@richmond.gov.uk.

What is Village Planning?

Village Planning provides residents with the opportunity to work with the Council to set out a vision for the area’s future environment and community, and establish how local residents, the Council and community groups can achieve that vision together. In this vein, Village Planning is designed to empower local residents, enabling them to shape and improve the areas they live in and the services they value.

The village areas emerged from the All in One Survey in November 2010, when each Richmond resident was asked to choose the area of the borough they identified with most. Since November 2010, Village Planning has had a number of practical applications:

  • Supplementary Planning Document (SPD): Village Planning consultation has given residents the chance to develop a planning document, called a SPD. This includes a vision for the physical environment of an area and provides locally distinctive guidance in relation to the design and character of the relevant areas.  Once adopted by the Council, the SPDs provide guidance to planners and developers, and assessment of proposals against the SPD will form part of the planning process.
  • Community Services: Consultation has also given residents the chance to raise issues with the Council and to get council services to address them quickly. It has identified areas where community services could be improved, providing opportunities for local residents and the Council to work together to make that happen.

Village Planning seeks to give communities as much influence in planning matters as Neighbourhood Plans. Whilst Neighbourhood Plans require communities to organise and write their plans themselves, the Council recognises that this is not feasible for every community, and that many need additional support to develop their plans.

All in One results for Kew

Village Planning developed out of an initial, large-scale consultation that took place across Richmond borough in November 2010. This consultation asked residents to choose the village area they identified with most. 846 people who responded to the All in One survey lived in Kew.

The survey also asked residents what mattered to them most in their village, and what they wanted to most be improved.

Residents were overwhelmingly positive about their area, with 95% stating that they were very satisfied with Kew as a place to live.

Residents said that the following aspects were most important in making their area a good place to live:

  • Local parks and open spaces (68%)
  • Public transport (41%)
  • Level of crime and anti-social behaviour (40%)
  • Shopping in your local high street (29%)
  • Library services (21%)

You can read the full survey results report for Kew(pdf, 3354KB).

How we came up with the area covered by the Plan

In our All in One survey in 2010, we asked people to tell us what they considered to be their ‘local area’. We used the information residents gave us to draw up the village area shown on this map. The boundaries are not prescriptive; villages overlap and people can choose whichever area they most identify with and contribute to any of the Village Plans. Anyone who lives close to a village area – or who works there or has some other connection – is welcome to make comments about the village plan or get involved in making the area better, even if they do not live within the village boundary as shown here.

Kew Village includes parts of Kew and North Richmond wards.

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The supplementary planning document covers the following character areas:

  • Area 1: Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Area 2: Kew Green
  • Area 3: Cumberland Road/ Gloucester Court
  • Area 4: Kew Gardens (around Kew Gardens station)
  • Area 5: Lawn Crescent
  • Area 6: Kew Road
  • Area 7: Sandycombe Road and surrounds
  • Area 8: Gainsborough Road/ Temple Road and surrounds
  • Area 9: Chilton Road and surrounds
  • Area 10: Mortlake Road/North Sheen Cemetery/Mortlake Crematorium
  • Area 11: North of mid Mortlake Road
  • Area 12: West Hall Road and surrounds
  • Area 13: Burlington Avenue/Beechwood Avenue and surrounds
  • Area 14: Retail Park and National Archives
  • Area 15: north of Melliss Avenue/Strand Drive.

Updated: 11 October 2017