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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We have reviewed the policies in our Core Strategy and Development Management Plan as part of our Local Plan Review. The Local Plan was adopted on 3 July 2018.

Local Plan documents and guidance
Plans/documents Status
Local Plan Adopted July 2018
Core Strategy Adopted April 2009. Superseded by the Local Plan in July 2018. Please also refer to the Local Plan Review
Development Management Plan Adopted November 2011. Superseded by the Local Plan in July 2018. Please also refer to the Local Plan Review
Twickenham Area Action Plan Adopted July 2013
Saved Unitary Development Plan Adopted March 2005. Remaining saved parts superseded by the Local Plan Review
Site Allocations Plan No longer being progressed. Please refer to the Local Plan Review
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

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, underpinned by a strategy that seeks to inform, involve and engage residents.

In July 2019, we produced a revised version of the Statement of Community Involvement, which we hope to formally adopt later in the year.  We have made this update in order to bring the SCI in line with recent changes to national planning legislation and to ensure that it reflects modern plan-making processes.  This document 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.

We held a public consultation from 22 July to 2 September 2019 on the draft version to invite comments from members of the public and other stakeholders. These are now being considered, and it is expected that a final version of the document will be considered for adoption at the meeting of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Service Committee on 2 December. Reference copies of the draft Statement of Community Involvement are available at the following locations:

  • In the Borough’s main libraries
  • At the Civic Centre reception, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ

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: 4 September 2019