Each Village Plan describes:
[Click on your village in the map to see your local Village Plan]
At the end of 2010 Richmond Council sent every household the All in One survey, which asked about the priorities of residents in each local area. We asked what people liked about where they lived and what could be improved.
The Council followed this up with a series of village planning events across the borough – these events gave residents the chance to discuss local issues in more detail and find potential solutions, including how the Council and community could take things forward together.
As a result, the Council created 14 Village Plans.
The results of the All in One survey also showed that residents had a desire to shape planning policy for their local area. Therefore, it has now been agreed that within the Village Plans there will be a dedicated section that will provide residents and businesses with a straightforward and unbureacratic way of developing planning policy in their area.
In planning terms, this type of document is called an Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and it can be taken into account in making planning decisions.
Rather than create these planning documents for each village at the same time, the Council has selected two villages – Kew and Whitton/Heathfield – to trial this new Village Planning process. Other villages across the borough will then move forward with their plans in 2014 and beyond, eventually covering the whole borough. Ham and Petersham are proceeding separately with a local Neighbourhood Plan for their area.
The Village Plans will continue to reflect wider community needs, aspirations and activities that the community, Council and partners will work together on to shape and deliver. This could include tackling isolated elderly, strengthening opportunities to get involved, improving green spaces or planning school places.
At the end of 2013, residents in Whitton/Heathfield and Kew worked with the Council to help shape the planning vision for their local area. Residents in both areas attended a series of public events and ‘walkabouts’ around their local area.
The events gave the Council an opportunity to hear resident thoughts on the local area, and their ideas on how best to protect and enhance its character, conservation areas, any site specific issues and how current Council policy impacts planning and development.
Following this, the Council would like your views on the Whitton / Heathfield and Kew draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs).
An SPD provides a vision for a local area. It identifies key policies and helps to identify the ‘local character’ of the area and what features need to be retained. Once adopted, the SPD will help to maintain and enhance this local character. The SPD will establish key design principles for new development and will be taken into account by the Council when deciding on planning applications, both for new development and changes to existing buildings.
Two drop in sessions were held in March to provide the opportunity for people to come and view and discuss the Village Plan Review and SPD documents. In addition to this two Question Time-style events, one in each of the village planning pilot areas were held to give further opportunities for people to have their say. The feedback received will be considered alongside the feedback from the online consultation.
The consultation on the Whitton and Heathfield and Kew draft SPD closed on 7 April. The final documents will be available from July 2014.
To find out about other consultations going on in your local area or across the borough go the Council’s consultation finder. You will find details about forthcoming, current and past consultations carried out by the Council.
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Updated: 10 April 2014