New planning guidance aims to encourage sustainable travel in the borough

Release Date: 11 June 2020

A guidance document has been approved outlining the role new development should play in relation to active travel, public transport, roads and parking in Richmond upon Thames.


Last year the Council adopted a new ambitious Transport Plan (Local Implementation Plan), detailing its vision for how the transport network will be transformed over the next 20 years.

Following a public consultation, a Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has now been finalised to help people when they are submitting planning applications. The SPD supports the Council’s adopted planning and transport policies by detailing the expectations for planning applications and signposting to existing plans and further information that may assist in the development of applications.

The SPD includes information on travel plans, deliveries and servicing, sustainable development and active travel, cycling, car clubs, electric vehicle charging, car parking, dropped kerbs and vehicle crossovers. By promoting best practice in transport provision and highway design we aim to maintain or improve the borough’s already high-quality environment.

The Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sport Committee approved the SPD last week, taking into account the current coronavirus pandemic, and the increased number of people using active travel modes of transport for example cycling, walking etc. to travel around the borough.

Whilst current Government guidance advises people not to travel unless it is essential, particularly on public transport, it is important that the Council capitalise on the current behaviour change of residents, and understand that the long term environmental impacts caused by Climate Change and carbon emissions will require even more people to change the way they move around the local area.

Creating space in the borough that encourages walking and cycling, both in the short and long term, is a high priority for the Council as part of its sustainability ambitions. This will also make it easier for people to observe social distancing measures and avoid the increased risk on public transport, where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sport Committee, said:

“The Council has been working hard to ensure walking, cycling and public transport are the natural choice for trips to and from new development, reflecting our transport strategies and our response to the climate emergency. We have seen many more people using sustainable forms of transport recently and we need to harness the shared desire for sustainability in a well-planned future of which this SPD forms part.”

View more information about the SPD.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P220/20

Updated: 24 March 2021