We are responsible for developing the Borough’s Local Plan that sets out the vision, priorities and strategic framework for future development of the borough, addressing needs and opportunities in relation to housing, economy and community facilities and infrastructure as well as protecting the natural and historic environment and securing good design. This includes writing local planning policies and accompanying guidance. The Local Plan can consist of one or more documents and it is the starting point for considering whether planning applications are acceptable. We also have to take account of national policies and regional guidance, such as the London Plan, when producing or updating our Local Plan documents and when making decisions on planning applications. See the Local Plan pages for further information.
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.