Current planning policy is set out in adopted Plans – the Core Strategy and the Development Management Plan. There is an online proposals map and also a range of guidance for new developments in the area.
The Council is preparing a Site Allocations Plan (SA Plan), which will include site-specific proposals for the whole borough, other than Twickenham town centre (which is already covered by the Twickenham Area Action Plan). The SA Plan will become part of the Local Plan, which consists of the adopted Core Strategy, the Development Management Plan and Twickenham Area Action Plan. The site-specific proposals in the SA Plan will look ahead over the next 15 years and be used to determine planning applications on these sites. The publication version of the SA Plan has now been agreed by Council and it will be published in summer with a final chance to comment before the Plan is submitted in Autumn 2014. The SA Plan is likely to be adopted early in 2015. To find out more or participate visit the Site Allocations page.
The residential area is surrounded by large areas of protected open land and the River Thames corridor, much of this land is also public open space and/or of nature conservation interest.
Ham Lands is a Local Nature Reserve and Richmond Park a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve with a high level of protection. The area around Ham House is a protected historic landscape.
There are conservation areas at Petersham, Ham Common, Ham House, Richmond Park and the Parkleys Estate. Ham House is an important Grade 1 Listed Building.
Ham Parade is a buoyant local centre. The policy across the borough is to strengthen these centres by encouraging a range of shops, services and other uses consistent with meeting people’s day to day needs and encourage other uses appropriate to the centre.
Any new development, including infill will be expected to be well designed and provide sufficient car parking.
Planning policy for the Ham and Petersham Village Area is designed to achieve the following:
Whilst major development is precluded within the large areas of protected open land and conservation areas, there is potential for regeneration around the Ham Close Estate. Options will be subject to extensive consultation.
The former Latchmere Prison site is currently subject to planning applications for residential use. The owners of Cassel Hospital and Latchmere Prison will be selling these premises is likely to be sold within the next few years.
Both sites are included within the Site Allocations Plan (see above). The Council will consider preparing a brief for Cassel Hospital site when the timescale for disposal is confirmed. The Council has worked with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the Ministry of Justice to prepare a brief for Latchmere House Prison site and an application is being considered.
Other changes in the residential areas are most likely to be in the form of small developments, extensions or changes of use.