Your East Sheen
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 East Sheen 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 East Sheen is to retain the established character of the area.
East Sheen is a predominantly residential area between the River Thames and Richmond Park. Towards the Park there are attractive tree lined streets with large houses, whereas north of the Upper Richmond Road the character is terraced cottages. There are some important historic buildings and walls which add to local character.
Between these two areas is a major district shopping centre with a mix of multiple and specialist shops, including a large Waitrose and a range of community facilities at the Sheen Lane Centre. The centre of East Sheen is bisected by the South Circular Road and inevitably this has a major impact on its appearance and character.
Richmond Park, East Sheen Common and Palewell Common provide a unique open area for a range of recreational activities and important wildlife habitats.
The aim is to maintain the local character and in particular the character of the housing and the distinctive tree lined streets, historic buildings and walls and to improve the convenience of the shopping centre to the community through reducing the impact of through traffic. The major opportunity will be with the redevelopment of the Stag brewery site, to improve the physical and visual links to the River Thames.
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.