Borough-wide Sustainable Urban Development Study

A research project has been carried out by consultants into high density development and tall buildings to identify areas of the Borough that are unsuitable, sensitive or have the potential for such type of development.

The study findings conclude that large parts of the Borough are unsuitable or sensitive to large scale development due to factors including restrictive planning designations, special local character and levels of public transport accessibility. Careful consideration will therefore be required for any proposals that come forward and taller buildings will often be inappropriate, although every proposal must be assessed on its individual merits.

The study applies a local density matrix and sets out design guidance for each of the Borough’s settlement areas.

It suggests that parts of the Borough’s five town centres are the most appropriate areas for higher density development and taller buildings. Generally only Richmond and Twickenham would be suitable for tall buildings (defined as six or more storeys), located close to the town centre railway stations.

The Study

The Study has been divided into smaller sections to assist in downloading as follows:

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London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
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Updated: 24 September 2008