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New Local Plan Direction of Travel engagement

We are now starting to prepare a new Local Plan for Richmond borough which will replace the current Local Plan and Twickenham Area Action Plan. This page is about the first stage of early engagement.

About the new Local Plan

The Local Plan is the key planning document for the borough. It sets out policies and guidance to shape our places, plan and manage growth and guide development across the borough over a 15-year period.

We will use the Local Plan to guide our decisions on the location, amount and type of development the borough needs to accommodate growth. It will also set out which places will be protected, and which places will change. Ultimately, the Local Plan is the main document against which planning applications are assessed.

In the last two years there have been changes to national planning policy and the new London Plan is in its final stages before adoption and will affect housing targets. We have adopted a Climate Emergency Strategy with a range of actions some of which have a direct bearing on Local Plan policies, as will other changes to the environment and economy.

Direction of Travel Consultation

The Direction of Travel document was the first stage in the engagement process with residents, business and other stakeholders on what our vision for growth and future development should be.

The borough is facing a number of key challenges, opportunities and critical planning issues. This document sets out what we think they are, and how they could be included in a new Local Plan.

This was an additional stage of consultation that is not prescribed by legislation. We invited your views on how the borough should accommodate growth and plan for new development. The next section provides a summary of responses received, of the full details of each respond and any attachment provided by the respondents.

Alongside the Direction of Travel, there was a ‘call for sites’ consultation, to identify what land may become available during the Local Plan period. We were also seeking comments on the revised Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report.

View the Direction of Travel consultation.  You can also read a summary leaflet (pdf, 1.1 MB) first. Responses could be made by post or email, or by completing a questionnaire available online, or a Word document (MS Word, 208 KB) or PDF version (pdf, 304 KB).

The consultation opened on 24 February 2020 and closed 5 April 2020.

Consultation responses

Call for Sites

We are required by Government to issue a call for sites and broad locations for development as part of the preparation of the new Local Plan. This is to identify as many potential opportunities as possible, aimed at as wide an audience as possible so that those not normally involved in property development have the opportunity to contribute. 

This occurred alongside the Direction of Travel consultation, so we will have a better understanding, at this early stage in preparing the Plan, what land may become available during the Local Plan period and an understanding of deliverability.

Please note that the ‘call for sites’ exercise does not mean we will have to allocate the suggested sites for development, but we will be able to assess from a potentially large number of sites their suitability, availability and deliverability.

Individuals, landowners, developers, businesses, local groups were invited to put forward sites for consideration.

Consultation responses

Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

The purpose of Sustainability Appraisal is to consider the likely social, environmental and economic impacts of the emerging plan, it also incorporates the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). As part of the preparation of a new Local Plan, we have reviewed and updated its draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (February 2020), which identifies the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the Sustainability Appraisal.

We were seeking views on the draft report from the three statutory consultees with environmental responsibilities in England (Historic England, Natural England, and the Environment Agency). Other relevant stakeholders with a sustainability remit or a local interest were also able to review the report and submit representations.

View draft revised of the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (pdf, 2.7 MB)

Consultation responses

After the consultation - what is happening next?

A summary of all responses is available on this page under the relevant consultation. These responses will be fully considered and taken into account when preparing the plan.

There will be further engagement targeting young people to inform and shape the new Local Plan in summer 2021.

We have now commenced a number of evidence base studies that we mentioned in the Direction of Travel and these will be added to our research page later in the year as they become available to publish.

A public consultation to inform the Urban Design Study is underway from 17 May to 6 June 2021, which is an opportunity to comment on what is special about certain areas/places  in the borough, and why.

The latest timetable for the preparation of the new Local Plan, including the further statutory consultations and stages towards adoption in 2024, are set out in the Local Development Scheme

Contact

If you would like to be kept informed of future progress on the Local Plan, you can opt-in to our Local Plan database by sending your contact details.

Email: localplan@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 17 May 2021