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The Core Strategy was adopted on 21st April 2009 and superseded some UDP policies.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2 July 2013, which introduced additional policies that apply within the Twickenham Area Action Plan boundary and also superseded some site specific proposals within Twickenham.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The only parts of the UDP that remain saved and have not been superseded by Local Plan documents are those Proposal Sites that were originally saved and not superseded by the Twickenham Area Action Plan. The proposal sites, which remain extant, are shown below; all other policies have not been saved or have been superseded and they have been removed from the Proposals Map.
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Chapter 12


  EAST SHEEN AND MORTLAKE not saved beyond March 2008
12.10 East Sheen and Mortlake are predominantly residential areas between the River Thames and Richmond Park and contain an interesting variety of house styles. Near the Park there are very attractive tree-lined streets with large houses, whereas around Mortlake Church, pleasant narrow alleys link small streets of Victorian terraced cottages.
12.11 Between these two areas is a major district shopping centre which has two supermarkets with car parks, making it very attractive for food shopping. However there has been a reduction in the number of small food shops and a marked increase in specialist shops and services especially restaurants and offices. The impact of the designation of the Upper Richmond Road West (A205 South Circular Road) as a red route on traffic congestion and bus movement through the shopping centre will continue to be monitored. Some adjoining local roads are used by through traffic to avoid the South Circular Road. Efforts will be made to introduce bus priority and traffic management measures to improve bus services and reduce rat-running. The level crossing and parking in Sheen Lane and other residential roads close to the station and the centre cause additional problems, necessitating parking controls and traffic management measures.
12.12 The historic core of this part of the Borough is around Mortlake High Street and the interesting riverside industrial buildings are a reminder of this. Several, including the former generating station and corporation depot at Tideway Yard, have been attractively converted to create a working community comprising small workshops, studios, offices, youth club and riverside restaurant. There are pressures for development along the riverside. The Brewery, which is a major employer in the Borough, generates heavy lorries which adversely affect Mortlake High Street and Barnes.
12.13 Richmond Park provides a wealth of recreational opportunity, but some parts of East Sheen and Mortlake have no small parks to meet the day-to-day needs of residents, especially children. The Sheen Lane Centre is a valuable community focus. The attraction of Richmond Park both in terms of visitors' vehicles and through traffic using park roads causes high volumes of traffic on Sheen Lane at times, and there is vehicular intrusion on some residential roads. Road humps have been introduced to calm traffic and improve safety on certain roads. The University Boat Race, ending near Chiswick Bridge, attracts a lot of attention to Mortlake for one day a year.
12.14 A priority for East Sheen and Mortlake is to seek solutions to the traffic and car parking problems. Other priorities are to enhance the historic core of Mortlake especially the riverside including protection of views to the river from Mortlake High Street, to provide small open space and playgrounds to rectify deficiencies, to improve existing open spaces, to increase public enjoyment, and to secure environmental improvements and tree planting.
12.15 For East Sheen and Mortlake the Plan seeks especially to:-
  Relevant policies
(1) enhance East Sheen shopping centre by: STG 4
TC 2 , 5, 6, 9
CCE 18
  (a) seeking opportunities to provide more car parking for shoppers and resisting the loss of existing off-street parking;
  (b) encouraging larger shops selling durable goods;
  (c) retaining shops in key frontages and broadening the role of the centre by ensuring that any surplus shop units outside those frontages are occupied by uses providing services to residents such as building society and offices;
  (d) at the same time, ensuring that restaurants and other places of entertainment do not adversely affect nearby residents;
(2) ensure that development on the riverside including any within the Budweiser Stag Brewery does not have an adverse effect on river views or on key landmarks; STG 2
ENV 5, 26, 31
(3) secure environmental improvements to the riverside, including protection and enhancement of buildings of townscape and historic importance, and improvement of the unpleasant parts of the towpath and protection of trees on the towpath; STG 2
ENV 26, 27, 28
BLT 3, 4, 26
(4) encourage more recreational use of the river including boating; ENV 28
(5) provide a dog-free area at Sheen Common; STG 7
ENV 11
(6) provide improvements to security and facilities for Hertford Avenue and Manor Road allotments; ENV 17
(7) protect isolated shops in those areas which are more than 400m from East Sheen and White Hart Lane shopping centres; STG 4
TC 7
(8) provide small parks and children's play space in the centre of the area, which is beyond walking distance of a local park, when opportunities arise, and seek dual use of existing facilities; STG 7
ENV 12
(9) protect and enhance the White Hart Lane, Christchurch Road, Mortlake, Model Cottages and Queen's Road conservation areas, and preserve historic buildings; STG 2
BLT 2, 3, 4
(10) secure environmental improvements on Mortlake riverside area, Church Passage and Langdon Close, and tree planting at locations including Carrington Road area, and the western end of Upper Richmond Road West; STG 2
BLT 26
(11) protect and enhance Palewell Common and Sheen Common as Other Sites of Nature Importance; STG 2
ENV 18
(12) encourage the improvement of the housing stock and residential environment, and where appropriate seek area wide improvement; HSG 16, 17
BLT 26
(13) resist proposals to increase the capacity of roads in Richmond Park; STG 11
TRN 17, 25, 26
(14) ensure that on-street parking problems in the area are reduced and investigate the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone around East Sheen centre; STG 11
TRN 21
(15) 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
(16) encourage improvements in the levels of public transport service on the Waterloo line and new and existing bus routes, including the recently commenced Richmond-Hammersmith experimental route; STG 11
TRN 12
(17) implement area traffic schemes in Mortlake and the Kings Road/Queens Road area using measures to restrain traffic, relieve residential roads of through traffic and improve road safety; STG 11
TRN 19
(18) prevent an increase in unsightly car parking in front gardens, where possible through planning powers and by publicising the Council's design guidance leaflet; STG 2
BLT 28
(19) 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
(20) ensure that parking problems in residential streets do not get any worse by continuing to review and monitor the Controlled Parking Zone in Mortlake. TRN 21
12.16 The Proposals for East Sheen and Mortlake are:
USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To relieve the shortage of children's play space in the area and implement the Council's dual use policy. Council/voluntary
groups/school governors
USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To relieve the shortage of children's play space in the area and implement the Council's dual use policy. Council/voluntary
groups/school governors
S3 HOLY TRINITY C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL, CARRINGTON ROAD USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To relieve the shortage of children's play space in the area and implement the Council's dual use policy. Council/voluntary
groups/school governors
S4 BUDWEISER STAG BREWERY CONVERSION AND PART REDEVELOPMENT OF BREWERY To meet the operational requirements of the brewery and bring about environmental improvements to the site. The Council will seek to ensure buildings of townscape merit are retained including the disused granary building at the corner of Ship Lane and the towpath, whilst any new development must be of a high standard to reflect this important riverside location, lying partly within the Thames Policy Area and a conservation area. Should rationalisation of the existing operations take place, redevelopment should provide for the retention of existing employment levels and river related uses. Private
S5 POST OFFICE SORTING OFFICE/ SIGNAL HOUSE/ PUBLIC HOUSE REDUCING THE WIDTH OF MORTLAKE HIGH STREET AND BRINGING FORWARD THE BUILDING LINE OF ADJOINING DEVELOPMENT If redevelopment of the Sorting Office and Signal Court was contemplated to achieve improvements to the conservation area, reduction of the width of Mortlake High Street, improved pedestrian, bus and cycle facilities and the replacement of Signal House by a lower building in scale with its surroundings. This would also create opportunities to extend the rest of the adjoining High Street frontage forward in order to maximise the utilisation of urban land, and to provide a significant element of both small and affordable housing units as well as retaining existing uses. The frontage along Mortlake High Street should be designed to maximise activity and opportunity for surveillance. Private
S6 MORTLAKE STATION INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS To improve interchange facilities including pedestrian and cycle access, cycle parking and bus interchange information systems. To improve information systems and access for people with disabilities. Railtrack
S7 NORTH SHEEN STATION INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS To improve interchange facilities including pedestrian and cycle access, cycle parking and bus interchange information systems. To improve information systems and access for people with disabilities. To rebuild footbridge as part of interchange improvements. Railtrack
The following proposal listed for the Barnes Area also affects East Sheen and Mortlake
B6 BEVERLEY BROOK PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO RICHMOND PARK The Council will seek a new pedestrian access from Palewell Common to Richmond Park on the line of the brook. Royal Parks Agency
The following proposal listed for the Richmond area also affects East Sheen and Mortlake
R5 not saved beyond March 2008 LOWER MORTLAKE ROAD (A316)/ SANDYCOMBE ROAD/MANOR ROAD JUNCTION MODIFICATIONS To modify the junction as part of the gasworks site development to help ease congestion, improve safety and help buses Highways Agency/Traffic Director/ Developer
London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames - Unitary Development Plan
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