Have your say on the future look and feel of Twickenham and Strawberry Hill

Release Date: 21/02/2017

Have your say on the future look and feel of Twickenham and Strawberry Hill by taking part in the next stage of Richmond Council’s innovative Village Plans project.

Over the past three years, the Council has been moving forward with a programme of work to refresh the Village Plans and include guidance on local planning considerations. The process gives local people and businesses a key role in developing that local planning guidance, called Village Planning Guidance: Supplementary Planning Documents.

The Council is now holding a series of drop-in sessions and walk-abouts in Twickenham and Strawberry Hill as part of the Village Planning process. Residents will be asked to contribute to refreshing the existing Village Plans as well as to think about the character of the areas.

They will be asked what they would like to see maintained, what they would like to see improved and how they would like to get involved in their local community. All the information gathered through the consultation and events, will be used to refresh Village Plans with new priorities, key issues and new planning guidance. Village Planning Guidance, will then be drafted. When adopted, the new guidance will be taken into account when making decisions on planning applications. This draft guidance will then be subject to formal consultation later in the year.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“We have already worked with thousands of residents across the borough, and we are continuing to roll out the process to the others.

“Village planning provides residents and businesses with an opportunity to identify the vision for their area. It also is an opportunity to discuss local issues and find potential solutions with the Council and see what the community can do together.

“We are now taking these plans one step further by creating planning documents in partnership with the community. These can be used by residents, businesses and developers to maintain and improve the style and character of the area.

“We invite residents to have their say on the issues and opportunities within their areas. This will provide the basis for refreshing the Village Plans and preparing planning guidance which will itself be subject to formal consultation later in the year.”

The Consultation is now online, the deadline is 31 March 2017. Take part online at on our Village Plans events page.

In addition, stay up to date and join the conversation online with our live twitter chats, and latest updates on all things Village Planning on Twitter by following us @LBRUT or use our official twitter hashtag #Villageplan.

The dates for the drop in sessions and walkabouts are below:

if you are attending the walkabouts, please RSVP via: allinone@richmond.gov.uk to tell us which walkabout you are interested in and the areas you wish to visit.

Updated: 21 June 2017