London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames - Unitary Development Plan
Unitary Development Plan - Adopted 1 March 2005

Welcome to the online version of the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames Local Plan.
The UDP was extended beyond 11th March 2008, with the exception of certain policies and proposals, which were not saved beyond that date.
The Core Strategy was adopted on 21st April 2009 and superseded some UDP policies.
The Development Management Plan was adopted on 1st November 2011 and replaced a significant number of UDP policies.
The Twickenham Area Action Plan was adopted on 2 July 2013, which introduced additional policies that apply within the Twickenham Area Action Plan boundary and also superseded some site specific proposals within Twickenham.
The West London Waste Plan was adopted on 30 July 2015.
The only parts of the UDP that remain saved and have not been superseded by Local Plan documents are those Proposal Sites that were originally saved and not superseded by the Twickenham Area Action Plan. The proposal sites, which remain extant, are shown below; all other policies have not been saved or have been superseded and they have been removed from the Proposals Map.
View the Core Strategy, Development Management Plan, Twickenham Area Action Plan and West London Waste Plan
View a reference copy of the whole 2005 UDP


Chapter 12


12.1 The previous chapters have set out policies to guide development and land use change throughout the Borough. However, different parts of the Borough have different characteristics and problems, and some policies will be of special relevance to them. There are also proposals for particular sites within them. This chapter divides the Borough into nine areas and looks at each area with this in mind. The proposals for specific sites, and the reasons for them, are set out in schedules for each area, and identified on the proposals map. Some, marked with asterisks on the schedules, are also subject to detailed site briefs. (See Appendix D.) Further schedules list major recent planning permissions in the area.
12.2 The proposals relate to schemes which the Council hopes will be started within about 10 years of the adoption of the Plan. As most of the land use proposals will be implemented by the private sector, it is not realistic to provide precise dates for implementation. In relation to Council proposals, there is considerable uncertainty over when finance will be available, and it is again impossible to include dates for implementation. The transport proposals are those needed to tackle the main problems as perceived by the Council at present. At least in the short term, it seems likely that the volume of traffic will continue to grow, and that it will be necessary to bring forward many more projects to improve safety, reduce parking problems and resolve the conflicting interests of road users and residents.
12.3 The nine areas were based on local Government wards except at the Mortlake/Barnes boundary, where all of Mortlake has been included in the East Sheen local area, and at Whitton/Twickenham, where the A316 forms a more distinct break.
12.4 In reading about the different areas in this chapter it should be recalled that the primary concern [of the UDP] is that the Borough's very special environment, including topography, landscape, buildings and wildlife habitats, is maintained at its present high level of quality without compromising its future and its wider local, national and global context. This means that the Borough can then remain an attractive area for people to live, work, and enjoy their heritage and leisure time. The Plan gives equal priority to meeting the present and future needs of residents, and to safeguarding their interests, including the enhancement of commercial life, jobs and services, and to the development of the Borough's recreational role.
  It must therefore be remembered that in addition to the policies noted in this chapter as being particularly relevant to each area, ALL the Plan's policies will operate in ALL areas unless the proposals map shows otherwise.


  Map 13
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  BARNES not saved beyond March 2008
12.5 Barnes Green, the pond and the surrounding buildings and trees create a village atmosphere which is of outstanding value, and Castelnau with its fine houses provides a dramatic approach to Hammersmith Bridge. The Council has published detailed proposals for the enhancement of the Barnes Green conservation area, which is supplementary planning guidance to the UDP. Barnes has a good range of local shops and many local people do their main food shopping there, but heavy traffic along the High Street reduces the enjoyment of shopping, and lack of car parking for shoppers is a problem. The heavily trafficked routes of Castelnau/Rocks Lane and the South Circular Road are part of London's Strategic Road Network. Congestion on these main routes causes drivers to cut through residential streets and this can cause danger and disturbance to residents. Traffic problems are exacerbated by the difficulties in crossing the railway line.
12.6 The built up part of the area is predominantly residential and there is little scope to expand existing services and industries without increasing traffic congestion and disturbance to residents. Barnes Common, the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust site and the river are sites of metropolitan importance for nature conservation and Lonsdale Road reservoir is a statutory Local Nature Reserve. A large area between Castelnau and the river comprising the Harrods Depository site, Barn Elms reservoirs and the playing field area, is undergoing considerable change. The former depository and candle and soap factories have been converted to residential use on the Harrods site, housing has been developed on part of the former Barn Elms reservoir site, and a Wildlife and Wetlands Trust Centre, has been created on the remainder; more public use is proposed for the Council's Barn Elms playing fields. Enhanced sports facilities are being developed on these playing fields and on the adjoining playing fields, which are managed by the London Borough of Wandsworth. These sites together with Barnes Common and the river form part of a major area of metropolitan open land and a green lung separating the built up area of Putney, Hammersmith and Barnes. Removal by the Council of the close boarded fence along Rocks Lane has opened up extensive views. There is scope for increasing the recreational use of the river in parts.
12.7 The priorities for Barnes are to reduce the impact of traffic, improve the main shopping area, protect and enhance sites of nature conservation interest, and make sure that maximum benefit is derived from the opportunities presented on the above sites.
12.8 For Barnes the Plan seeks especially to:
  Relevant policies
(1) ensure that improvements to the South Circular Road are limited to those necessary to improve pedestrian facilities and safety and the local environment, give priority to buses, and overcome isolated points of congestion and delay, as the Council does not wish to encourage further through traffic and heavy goods vehicles; STG 11
TRN 17, 25, 26
(2) implement area traffic schemes in Barnes and North Barnes; investigate other measures to restrain traffic and to relieve residential streets from through traffic and try to ensure that their parking problems do not get any worse; provide convenient off-street parking for shoppers and short stay visitors at Barnes High Street; STG 11
TRN 4, 5, 19, 21, 22
(3) protect the important local shopping centre at Barnes, and the smaller shopping centres at Castelnau and White Hart Lane; STG 4
TC 5, 6
(4) increase community use of Barn Elms playing fields through its designation as public open space and development as a local centre for sports activities, on a scale that will not lead to a deterioration in traffic conditions; STG 9, ENV 11
CCE 9, 16
(5) protect and enhance the site of metropolitan importance for nature conservation at Barn Elms, the statutory Local Nature Reserves at Barnes Common and Lonsdale Road reservoir, and the Other Site of Local Nature Importance on Barn Elms playing field, and encourage their careful use for nature education; STG 2
ENV 18, 26
(6) improve road safety standards through the completion of works to the recently constructed cycle route from Hammersmith Bridge to Putney along the Thames towpath, thereby allowing cyclists to avoid using the A306 Designated Road and A205 trunk road; STG 11
TRN 11
(7) encourage improvements in the levels of public transport service on the Waterloo line and existing bus routes, and encourage new bus routes; STG 11
TRN 12
(8) protect and enhance the conservation areas at Castelnau, Barnes Green, Thorne Passage, Mill Hill, Barnes Common and White Hart Lane, and protect historic buildings in the area; STG 2
BLT 2, 3, 4
(9) prevent an increase in unsightly car parking in front gardens where possible through planning control and by publicising the design guidance leaflet published by the Council; STG 2
BLT 28
(10) encourage more recreational use of the river upstream of Lonsdale Road reservoir, and to either side of Hammersmith Bridge, but restrict developments on the quieter reaches along Lonsdale Road reservoir and Barn Elms; ENV 28
(11) enhance the environment by planting more trees on the riverside downstream of St Paul's School, on Boileau Road and in surrounding residential streets, and by securing improvements at Barnes Green, along Lonsdale Road and The Terrace, along the riverside and in the Barnes Station area; STG 2
(12) press for a reduction in aircraft and helicopter noise and oppose changes in aviation activity which would increase the scale of the problem; STG 12
TRN 28
(13) attempt to alleviate traffic problems in Barnes High Street; STG 11
TRN 19
(14) encourage the improvement of the housing stock and residential environment, and where appropriate seek area-wide improvement; BLT 26
HSG 16, 17
(15) seek to minimise any adverse effects on Borough residents of development near the Borough boundary through appropriate representations to other local authorities and bodies. STG 13
12.9 The Proposals for Barnes are:
B1 WESTFIELD SCHOOL USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To relieve the shortage of playgrounds in the area and implement the Council's dual use policy. Council / voluntary groups / school governors
B2 BARNES STATION AND FORMER GOODS YARD CAR PARK, PUBLIC OPEN SPACE, POSSIBLE ENABLING DEVELOPMENT To improve interchange at the station by enhancing the current pedestrian and cycling links, and providing cycle parking and possible bus standing facilities, together with limited car parking for rail users from the local area. This is particularly to encourage those people who currently drive to the station and park on the Common or roads surrounding the station to use alternative modes of transport. On-street parking control measures would be used to prevent additional traffic being attracted to the station and would reduce the visual intrusion of vehicles on this attractive area of open land. Access to the site should be such as to minimise the impact on local residents. Carefully designed screening, landscaping and lighting will be required to ensure that the net result of this rearrangement of parking at the station results in an enhancement of the metropolitan open land. To improve information systems and access for people with disabilities. The site is designated as an Other Site of Nature Importance and elements of nature conservation importance must be preserved and enhanced. To return land to the Common. Any enabling development necessary to achieve the replacement car parking and the objective of returning a substantial part of the site to the Common will be limited to the minimum necessary to achieve viability and this would need to be demonstrated through detailed financial analysis. Any permission granted would be subject to legal agreement to ensure that the return of the land to the Common and the car parking are implemented before the completion of any other enabling development. A planning brief will be prepared for this site. Private / Council
B3 – not saved beyond March 2008 HAMMERSMITH
CYCLE ROUTE To improve cycle facilities as part of the strategic cycle network, provide a more direct route for cyclists, serve new developments and the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust and reduce accidents. It is intended that walkers should continue to have priority and that the rural nature of this stretch of river will not be damaged by inappropriate surfacing or other urban features. The number of signs will be minimised. Council
B4 MILL HILL / ROCKS LANE JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT AND HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE To reduce delays to buses as part of the London Bus Priority Network implementation Council
B5 BARN ELMS SPORTS GROUNDS RATIONALISATION OF SPORTS USE,INCLUDING PROVISION OF PUBLIC INDOOR SPORTS HALL AND UPGRADING SPORTS PITCHES, ENHANCEMENT OF LANDSCAPE To increase local provision for indoor sports for which there is a need, to benefit existing users and make more efficient use of facilities. To integrate the management of sports facilities on the site, to enable improvements in existing facilities and the provision of specialist new facilities to allow increased sports use. Any building must be carefully designed and sited so as not to detract from the open appearance of the land. Proposals for floodlighting will be treated with extreme caution and if considered acceptable in principle must be designed to have the minimum visual appearance and impact on the open land, to avoid disturbance to wildlife on the site and the adjoining Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre and also to avoid the introduction of light pollution into this otherwise quiet and undisturbed night sky. Existing trees and planting that form part of the historic landscape must be preserved and supplemented by further landscaping and tree planting to enhance the parkland landscape and minimise the visual impact of the building on the open land. The scale will be limited to avoid an unacceptable deterioration in traffic conditions and to this end car parking will be limited and alternative means of transport to the car encouraged. However, if it is considered a proposed facility would lead to significant additional traffic, implementation will be delayed until the development of the Barn Elms reservoirs site has been completed and traffic generation fully assessed. Council / LB Wandsworth/ private sector
The council will seek a new pedestrian access from Palewell Common to Richmond Park on the line of the brook. Royal Parks Agency
B7 – not saved beyond March 2008 BARNES BRIDGE STATION INTERCHANGE
To improve interchange facilities including pedestrian and cycle access, cycle parking, and bus interchange information systems, any proposal must take into account residential amenity. To improve information systems and access for people with disabilities. Railtrack
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