Release Date: 11 January 2018
The Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Hodgins, has written an open letter to residents of the borough, asking them to have their say on a London-wide plan that if delivered would have huge implications on the future of Richmond upon Thames.
The draft London Plan, which is currently being consulted on by the London Mayor, outlines the policy framework to be followed by London boroughs when setting their priorities for development, dealing with Planning Applications, and what needs to be considered. The consultation closes on 2 March.
In his letter, Cllr Paul Hodgins urges residents to go online and have their say. He says that whilst the borough should support sustainable and intelligent growth, the Council believes it cannot support a rush for housing numbers at the expense of local economy and character. Boroughs should be recognised as economic, spatial and social destinations in their own right, and not just as housing outposts for central London.
The Council will be formally responding to the consultation. In a report discussed in next week’s Cabinet Meeting, Members will discuss a proposed response which highlights the fact the current proposals do not acknowledge each boroughs own unique characteristics, local heritage, and diverse communities and culture, which must be respected. Richmond Council is in full support of providing more housing opportunities for its residents and workers, including the provision of affordable housing. However, any increase in housing, as proposed in the Plan, needs to be accompanied by infrastructure planning and concurrent investment in transport infrastructure so our children can go to a nearby school and have easy access to a GP.
Have your say in the Mayor of London’s consultation before 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018.
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Updated: 31 January 2018