Aim of Village Plan
The Village Plan describes a vision for the village area and identifies what the council will do and what local people can do to achieve the vision together. It sets out the key issues and priorities and provides background information on the village area.
A Vision for the Barnes Area
The Council has developed the vision by:
- Asking local people and businesses what is important to them in the All in One survey and other consultations.
- Using current plans, policies and projects, the links to which are included in the Plan.
The vision for Barnes is to maintain the character of Barnes as an attractive residential area and use the new Barnes trail to promote it more widely as a tourist destination.
The key features of Barnes are the Green, the pond and surrounding buildings and trees which create an outstanding village atmosphere; Castelnau with its fine houses which provide a dramatic approach to Hammersmith Bridge; and the former Harrods depository now converted into flats.
The River Thames and related towpaths and open spaces are the other defining features of the area. Key open areas include Barnes Common, the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust Centre, Leg O’Mutton reservoir and the Barn Elms Playing Fields.
Barnes High Street and Church Road have a good range of local shops and services and there are also important local shopping areas at White Hart Lane and in Castelnau.
The vision is based on maintaining the character of Barnes as an attractive residential area; ensuring that Barnes High Street and White Hart Lane continue to provide a shopping and service centre for residents and visitors and to give a focus to and improve the North Castelnau shopping area so it provides a more welcoming environment for shoppers. Also to promote Barnes as a tourist destination and ensure the towpath and open spaces are well maintained and enhanced where opportunity arises, for instance in development of the Barnes Trail.
The impact of traffic will be reduced where possible and the open areas within and around the Village will continue to be protected, enhanced and enjoyed.
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.
Barnes Village includes parts of Barnes and Mortlake and Barnes Common wards.