Draft Supplementary Planning and Consultation Documents

We are working on updating existing and new SPDs, which provide further details on the implementation of policies and/or site allocations for key development sites as contained within the adopted Local Plan. Details of consultations on drafts are below, and further details will be added below as these and other SPDs progress.

Current consultations

We are currently consulting on the following draft SPDs:

  • Draft Local Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – until 5 September 2022
  • Draft Refuse & Recycling Storage and Access Requirements for New Developments Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – until 5 September 2022
  • Draft Affordable Housing SPD – until 1 August 2022

Draft Local Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – until 5 September 2022

This is a new SPD setting out those existing protected views that have already been adopted through the Local Plan, as well as additional ‘new’ locally important views.

This has arisen from the Urban Design Study, a comprehensive boroughwide townscape character assessment. The Council’s consultants undertook a detailed exercise, based on site visits as well as through desktop research, such as reviewing Conservation Area Appraisals, Registered Park & Gardens etc. to recommend whether existing views are intact and/or should be amended, and whether there are any new views that merit designation. The Council is taking this forward in the draft SPD.

The draft SPD identifies each view with a photo and map locating the view, and includes a detailed description of the view. The SPD is intended to be used by applicants when preparing planning applications to ensure the relevant view is protected where there are future development proposals that may affect it.

We would welcome your views on the draft Local Views SPD (pdf, 18.8 MB). As this is a large file, you can also access a local views index where each view is listed as a way to identify the specific views you might be interested in. There is also a boroughwide map (pdf, 12.2 MB) of the all the views.

There is a draft response form that can be completed online. You can also email us a completed version of the PDF response form (pdf, 196 KB) or Word response form (MS Word, 145 KB) to comment on some specific areas we are seeking views on.

Draft Refuse & Recycling Storage and Access Requirements for New Developments Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – until 5 September 2022

This draft SPD document is an updated version of the current Refuse and Recycling Storage Requirements SPD (pdf, 127 KB) which was adopted in April 2015. It also supports the waste and recycling policies set out in the adopted Local Plan as well as the draft Regulation 18 Local Plan that was out for consultation during the winter 2020/21.

The draft SPD provides detailed local guidance for applicant and agents on the requirements for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables at occupied and proposed developments, to reflect latest standards. New development will be directed towards the five recognised town centres within the borough (Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Whitton and East Sheen) and the majority of this change will take place on small sites and infill. This spatial strategy, set out within our draft Local Plan, requires waste and recycling facilities to be considered from the outset in order to be allocated space within new developments and the draft SPD specifies what this should entail. The draft SPD also sets out the waste and recycling requirements for non-residential properties as well as wider design and access for building users and collection operatives.

We would welcome your comments on the draft Refuse and Recycling Storage and Access Requirements in New Developments SPD (pdf, 314 KB), via the contact methods that can be found further down this page.

Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - until 1 August 2022

The draft Affordable Housing SPD provides further detailed guidance to support the adopted Local Plan policies with regard to affordable housing and how we will assess viability within the planning process. This update to the existing SPD (2014), is to reflect new or updated requirements in the Local Plan and also guidance published by National Government, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  

Alongside the SPD are some explanatory notes to answer common questions about the context of the SPD and highlight some of the other work that is happening to prioritise the delivery of affordable housing, which may be helpful to read first.

The draft SPD consists of:

Note that the existing SPD Annex C (marketing pro-forma) and Annex D (on case studies) will not form part of the new updated SPD.

How to respond

We would welcome your views. Please make clear in your response which consultation(s) you are responding to. You can respond in the following ways:

  • By email to, or
  • By post to Spatial Planning and Design, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ

There are reference copies to view at the Civic Centre and in all of the borough’s libraries. View library details including opening hours.

Please note that responses are not treated as confidential, and any anonymous responses will not be accepted.

What happens next?

Following this consultation, and having considered your views, the final SPDs will be adopted by the Council. Once adopted, SPDs become a material consideration when assessing any such future planning application that comes forward.



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