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 for the first stage of early engagement seeking your views.

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. The Council has 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

Monday 24 February to Sunday 22 March 2020 - now extended to Sunday 5 April

The Direction of Travel document is 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 is an additional stage of consultation that is not prescribed by legislation. We want to hear your views on how the borough should accommodate growth and plan for new development. Please tell us if you agree, or if we have missed any opportunities or issues you think need to be addressed in the new Plan. We have included a number of questions throughout the Direction of Travel document, which we hope will help you in responding.

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

Have your say

View the Direction of Travel consultation.  You can also read a summary leaflet (pdf, 1.1 MB) first. 

Paper documents are also available to view at all borough libraries and at the Civic Centre in Twickenham

You can respond, to some or all of the questions, by 22 March 2020 (now extended - we will be accepting responses up to and including 5 April):

We would prefer all comments to be made electronically, ideally through the online questionnaire. If you prefer, you can print the Word document (208KB) or PDF version (PDF, 303KB) and post it to us. Please note that the deadline for comments is Sunday 22 March 2020, and responses will not be treated as confidential.

Call for Sites

The Council is 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 is happening 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 the Council will have to allocate the suggested sites for development, but the Council will be able to assess from a potentially large number of sites their suitability, availability and deliverability.

You (individuals, landowners, developers, businesses, local groups) are invited to put forward sites for consideration. The information you need to submit is set out within the Direction of Travel Consultation (as detailed above), or these can be submitted separately by:

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, the Council has 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.

The Council is 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 are also able to review the report and submit representations.

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

After the consultation

There will be further engagement opportunities to inform and shape the new Local Plan later in 2020. The 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

A summary of the responses will be made available following the consultation period. These responses will be fully considered and taken into account when preparing the Plan.



Updated: 18 March 2020