Local Development Framework town centre and retail research
Town Centre Health Checks 2013
Town Centre Health Checks have been produced for the larger centres in the borough: Richmond, Twickenham, East Sheen, Teddington, Whitton and Barnes. The main purpose is to assess the buoyancy of the centres, comparing them to each other and making national comparisons.
Overall, Richmond’s town centres compare well to the UK average, and Richmond Town Centre in particular shows good resilience to the recession and the changes occurring in the retail sector.
See report below:
- Full Report(pdf, 3708KB)
- Summary Document(pdf, 2349KB)
- Town Centre Environmental Quality Assessment Report(pdf, 2781KB)
Retail Study (March 2006) and Retail Study Update (November 2009)
GVA Grimley produced a retail capacity study which assessed the borough's capacity for retail growth for both food and non-food shopping. It concluded that there was limited capacity for food shopping, which was located to the east of the borough. There is more capacity for non-food goods, the demand for which is also mainly in the east of the borough. The main town centres were looked at individually and a number of possible sites were assessed.
The report including the update to the study is downloadable as below:
- The main report(pdf, 1097KB) is accompanied by a number of Plans and Appendices:
- Plans 1-5(pdf, 1022KB) , Plans 6-10(pdf, 509KB)
- Appendices 1-3(pdf, 427KB) - Trading Influence of Competing Stores, Summary of Key Health Check Indicators, Retailer Requirements
- Appendix 4(pdf, 151KB) - Telephone Survey Results - Customer Views & Behaviour
- Appendices 5-7(pdf, 1209KB) - Floorspace Schedule and Capacity Projections
- Appendix 8(pdf, 2513KB) - Telephone Survey Results
- Appendix 9(pdf, 124KB) - Summary Forecast Tables
- Appendix 10 - Indicative Site Plans for Richmond(pdf, 935KB), Teddington(pdf, 393KB), Twickenham(pdf, 1781KB), East Sheen(pdf, 597KB), Whitton(pdf, 252KB).
- November 2009 Retail Study Update(pdf, 790KB)
Distribution of Convenience Provision: Identifying Gaps in Provision
This exercise in convenience provision(pdf, 853KB) mapped convenience provision in the borough in order to identify residential areas which are more than 400 metres from shopping facilities.
Other factors were considered including the location of areas of relative deprivation in the borough, recent major housing completions and commitments, and the relationship with Public Transport Accessibility Levels.
Analysis of Town and Local Centres 2006/7 (incorporating health checks for main town centres)
This Analysis of Town and Local Centres 2006/7 study(pdf, 1173KB) analysed town centres, local centres and parades in the borough taking into account their size, location and function, and whether the centre does or could be developed to fill a gap in provision. It takes into account whether a centre serves relatively deprived communities in the borough. From this a hierarchy of centres is put forward for consideration.
Volume 1 of Appendices(pdf, 681KB) presents detailed data especially for the main town centres. Volume 2 presents the Centre Land Use maps. Part 1 of Volume 2(pdf, 640KB) includes maps for the 5 main town centres. Part 2 of Volume 2(pdf, 1789KB) for the local centres.