Village Plan for the Whitton and Heathfield area

Vision for Whitton and Heathfield

The vision for Whitton and Heathfield is to retain and reinforce the established character of the area.

Whitton is a self contained town with a unique 1930s village atmosphere. It has a distinctive character which we aim to reinforced in through the Village Plan and SPD. This includes protecting its unique architecture, within and external of the high street, and enabling village events such as a market or regular cultural events utilising buildings such as Kneller Hall.

Whitton and Heathfield Village Plan

The Whitton and Heathfield Village Plan has been developed by residents and the Council, working together to improve the area.

On these pages, you will find:

  • Key issues in your local area, and what the Council and Community are doing about them
  • How to get involved in your local area
  • Whitton and Heathfield’s local planning document

The Whitton and Heathfield Village Plan is a live document which means it can be updated to reflect changing priorities and projects in the local area. If you have anything you would like to add or change, please email

What is Village Planning?

Village Planning provides residents with the opportunity to work with the Council to set out a vision for the area’s future environment and community, and establish how local residents, the Council and community groups can achieve that vision together. In this vein, Village Planning is designed to empower local residents, enabling them to shape and improve the areas they live in and the services they value.

The village areas emerged from the All in One Survey in November 2010, when each Richmond resident was asked to choose the area of the borough they identified with most. Since November 2010, Village Planning has had a number of practical applications:

  • Supplementary Planning Document (SPD): Village Planning consultation has given residents the chance to develop a planning document, called a SPD. This includes a vision for the physical environment of an area and provides locally distinctive guidance in relation to the design and character of the relevant areas.  Once adopted by the Council, the SPDs provide guidance to planners and developers, and assessment of proposals against the SPD will form part of the planning process.
  • Community Services: Consultation has also given residents the chance to raise issues with the Council and to get council services to address them quickly. It has identified areas where community services could be improved, providing opportunities for local residents and the Council to work together to make that happen.

Village Planning seeks to give communities as much influence in planning matters as Neighbourhood Plans. Whilst Neighbourhood Plans require communities to organise and write their plans themselves, the Council recognises that this is not feasible for every community, and that many need additional support to develop their plans.

All in One results for Whitton and Heathfield

In November 2010 a postal survey was sent to every household in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to capture local views and priorities.

1,135 people responded to the survey in Whitton and Heathfield (representing 15% of households in the area), with 77% stating that they were broadly satisfied with their local area as a place to live. When commenting on what residents like best about their area, most frequently mentioned were the transport links and the parks and open spaces, followed by the community/friendly people, the shops and the quiet peaceful nature of the area.

What you told us is “most important” in the area:

  • Local parks and open spaces (49%)
  • Shopping in your local high street (47%)
  • Level of crime and anti-social behaviour (40%)
  • Public Transport (28%)
  • Library services (26%)

You can read the full survey results report for Whitton and Heathfield(pdf, 2232KB).

How we came up with the area covered by the Plan

In our All in One survey in 2010, we asked people to tell us what they considered to be their ‘local area’. We used the information residents gave us to draw up the village area shown on this map. The boundaries are not prescriptive; villages overlap and people can choose whichever area they most identify with and contribute to any of the Village Plans. Anyone who lives close to a village area – or who works there or has some other connection – is welcome to make comments about the village plan or get involved in making the area better, even if they do not live within the village boundary as shown here.

Whitton and Heathfield Village includes parts of Heathfield and Whitton wards.

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Updated: 26 January 2018