Each Village Plan describes:
[Click on your village in the map to see your local Village Plan]
Our first two Village Plans, with integrated planning guidance, have now launched!
Over the past six months, hundreds of residents, local community groups and businesses from Kew and Whitton and Heathfield have played a lead role in developing new local planning policy and refreshing the Village Plans for their area.
If you live in Kew or Whitton and Heathfield, and would like to hear what this plan means for your local area and how you can be involved in the future, you can attend a presentation in your local area.
If you would like to attend email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of 2010, we 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.
We 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 we could work with the community to take things forward together.
As a result, we 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 we have agreed to include a dedicated section in each Village Plan, which offers residents and businesses with an easy way of developing planning policy in their area.
This type of document is known as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and it can be taken into account when making planning decisions.
Rather than create these planning documents for each village at the same time, we selected two villages - Kew and Whitton and Heathfield - to trial the new process.
These are now complete and will be launched at local presentation events in September.
The next phase of village planning is about to commence with consultations due to launch in East Sheen, Barnes and Mortlake.
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, which we will work to deliver alongside the community and our partners. This could include tackling isolated elderly, strengthening opportunities to get involved, improving green spaces or planning school places.
At the end of 2013, we worked with residents from Whitton and Heathfield and Kew 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 us 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 our current policies impact planning and development.
In addition, we held two Leader's Questions Times in each area:
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 us when deciding on planning applications. this applies for both new development and changes to existing buildings.
To find out about other consultations going on in your local area or across the borough, visit our consultation finder. You will find details about all of our consultations.
For more information about these events:
Updated: 8 September 2014