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 Hampton 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 consultation.
- Using current plans, policies and projects, the links to which are included in the Plan.
The vision for Hampton is to retain or enhance its unique character:
The qualities of Hampton are unique within the London Borough of Richmond as it still retains a true countryside atmosphere because it is surrounded by substantial stretches of rustic green belt and two rivers, the Thames and the Longford.
The area known as Hampton is made up of a number of diverse areas; the chief of these being the last major estate to be built, called the Nurserylands and historic Old Hampton, part of which is referred to as Hampton village.
The area has high quality amenities including local retail units in Hampton village and a large community centre with shops within Hampton Square. It also has a high number of good quality schools.
It is an attractive residential area with substantial family homes as well as homes for those who have retired. Its streets are distinctive with wide grass verges and tree lined avenues.
The area has a long Royal history with Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park situated in the village area. From 1895 to 1937 the area also had its own local Council (Hampton Urban District Council).
The aim is to bring together the two areas of Hampton, as well as retain the distinctive rural feel within its parks, residential areas and shopping and community centres, all the while opening up future green links to its rivers and open spaces; making it a welcoming access point to the borough.
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.
Hampton is a large area so the region covered by the Village Plan spans two wards: Hampton and Hampton North.
Hampton Ward comprises parts of Old Hampton, a sub area of which is known locally as Hampton village. Historically Hampton village was the area around St Mary's Church, but when the station was built in the 19th century the boundary of the village stretched to the station and the shopping area around it. (This village is not to be confused with the area covered by the wider Hampton Village Plan)
Hampton North Ward consists of some of Hampton Hill, parts of Old Hampton and the Nurserylands.
The Village Plan for the Hampton area therefore consists of Old Hampton and the Nurserylands. The areas of Hampton Hill are within the Hampton Hill Village Plan.