Local Plan

The Local Plan (previously known as Local Development Framework) sets out the priorities for the development of the borough and is used for making decisions on planning applications. It consists of a number of planning documents and guidance.

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The Local Plan was adopted on 3 July 2018 and 3 March 2020 in relation to two legal challenges.

We are now starting to prepare a new Local Plan for Richmond borough.

Local Plan documents and guidance
Plans/documents Status
Local Plan Adopted July 2018 and 3 March 2020 in relation to two legal challenges
New Local Plan Early stages of engagement during 2020
Core Strategy Adopted April 2009. Superseded by the Local Plan adopted July 2018 and 3 March 2020
Development Management Plan Adopted November 2011. Superseded by the Local Plan adopted July 2018 and 3 March 2020
Twickenham Area Action Plan Adopted July 2013
Saved Unitary Development Plan Adopted March 2005. Remaining saved parts superseded by the Local Plan adopted July 2018 and 3 March 2020
Site Allocations Plan No longer being progressed. Please refer to the Local Plan adopted July 2018 and 3 March 2020
Joint West London Waste Plan Adopted 30 July 2015
Community Infrastructure Levy  
Borough Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Came into effect on 1 November 2014
Article 4 Directions (Offices to Residential) Came into effect on 30 November 2014
Article 4 Directions (Shops to Financial and Professional Services) Came into effect on 1 April 2017
Supplementary planning documents Adopted
Draft supplementary planning and consultation documents Being prepared
Local Development Scheme Adopted July 2019

Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

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How we involve the community

Our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the Council involves local communities in developing planning policies and in connection with planning applications. It covers who will be consulted, when local communities will be involved, and which methods will be used. It reflects the Council's commitment to community engagement and forms part of the Council's strategy to create innovative ways to enter into meaningful dialogue with residents, recognising that engagement should be tailored to suit the borough's communities and to reach those who are less heard than others.

The latest SCI came into effect on Tuesday 3 December 2019 following public consultation.

Research and monitoring

We have prepared and/or commissioned a number of studies to support and supplement the Local Plan. In addition, we monitor the effectiveness of our policies on an annual basis. You can view our:

Sustainability Appraisal

The Council must carry out a Sustainability Appraisal for each statutory development plan, including for some Supplementary Planning Documents to ensure the social, environmental and economic effects are assessed during the preparation process.

Neighbourhood planning

The Localism Act 2011 has introduced powers for local communities to produce a neighbourhood development plan. Find out more about Neighbourhood planning.

In Richmond, the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum submitted their draft Neighbourhood Plan on 14 September 2017. A referendum on the plan was held on 18 October 2018, with 84% of participating voters in support of the plan. As a result, the plan now forms part of the borough’s statutory development plan, and will be used alongside the Council’s own planning documents to determine planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area.

Find out more about the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Plan.

Make an enquiry

Email: localplan@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 15 July 2020