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The Core Strategy was adopted on 21st April 2009 and superseded some UDP policies.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2 July 2013, which introduced additional policies that apply within the Twickenham Area Action Plan boundary and also superseded some site specific proposals within Twickenham.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The only parts of the UDP that remain saved and have not been superseded by Local Plan documents are those Proposal Sites that were originally saved and not superseded by the Twickenham Area Action Plan. The proposal sites, which remain extant, are shown below; all other policies have not been saved or have been superseded and they have been removed from the Proposals Map.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


  HAMPTON AND HAMPTON HILL not saved beyond March 2008
12.21 Hampton and Hampton Hill are predominantly residential areas, and are generally of high environmental quality with certain areas important to local history. Hampton is on the edge of the green belt. Bushy Park and the golf courses at Fulwell Park are important open spaces and the River Thames is a valuable amenity. This stretch of the river is heavily used for boating at weekends during the summer months. Hampton Court is, of course, one of London's foremost tourist attractions. The development at Hampton Nursery Lands has provided the area with a local shopping centre and new parks. It has also provided an opportunity for the Council to implement its 'dual use' policy at the new sports hall and Hampton Community College playing fields. However there is still a need to improve health, education and community facilities, particularly in Hampton Nursery Lands. Priority is given to improving the amenities and meeting the needs of residents. The Council recognises that further action is needed to overcome public open space deficiencies in the Hampton area, although the new village green at Station Road has reduced the shortfall.
Heavy through traffic is a major problem, especially on the Hampton Court Road, Thames Street and Uxbridge Road. The Council will continue to monitor the traffic impact of the superstore at the St Clares Nursery site on highway conditions on the Uxbridge Road, together with its effects on trade in local centres. There are parking problems, especially at Hampton Station and Hampton Village, Hampton Hill High Street, and Fulwell Station. Hampton Village also suffers from heavy traffic and its appearance is seriously affected by vacant buildings and sites along Thames Street. These problems make it a priority for environmental improvements through the refurbishment and rehabilitation of existing buildings, development of new buildings to a high standard of design, improvements to pedestrian alleys leading to the riverside and achievement of rear servicing arrangements to properties on Thames Street and the riverside. It is anticipated that land, including reservoirs and filter beds, at the Hampton Water Works will become surplus during the period of the Plan. It will be necessary to ensure that any new operational buildings sought by the Thames Water will have a minimal visual and ecological impact on the green belt, and that any surplus buildings or land are brought into an appropriate use. Aircraft noise is also a problem in both areas.
12.23 For Hampton and Hampton Hill the Plan seeks especially to:
  Relevant policies
(1) protect the character and quality of Hampton Court, Bushy Park and the riverside which are of metropolitan importance, as well as being attractive local features; STG 2,
ENV 5, 1, 26,
(2) protect the green belt and ensure that if any non- operational water works land becomes available, it is used in a productive and appropriate open land use and its nature conservation potential enhanced; STG 2
(3) protect and enhance the conservation areas at Hampton Court Green, Hampton Village, Hampton Hill High Street, Joanna Southcott Chapel and Platts Eyot, and protect historic buildings in the area in accordance with the Hampton Court Green and Hampton Village conservation area study, and encourage the preservation of the Brew House and Hampton Court Palace which are scheduled monuments; STG 2
BLT 2, 3, 4
(4) reduce parking problems in the area should opportunities arise; STG 11
TRN 21, 22
(5) protect the local shopping centres at Hampton Village, Hampton Hill High Street and Hampton Nursery Lands, and preserve isolated shops in the sizeable residential areas which are beyond easy walking distance of these centres; STG 4
TC 5, 6, 7
(6) minimise the adverse effects of the large numbers of visitors to the area; STG 10
(7) avoid further congestion on the river by reducing moorings on the main channel where this is feasible and limiting other developments which would add to congestion on the river; ENV 31
(8) improve public access to the riverside by increasing public open space and extending riverside walks, e.g. from Hampton Village towards Platts Eyot, should opportunities arise; ENV 27
(9) improve provision and quality of public open spaces in the area and seek opportunities to provide public open space for residents in Fulwell and in an area centred on Percy Road and Oldfield Road, all of which are beyond walking distance of a local park; STG 7
ENV 11
(10) secure environmental improvements in Hampton Village and Hampton Hill conservation areas, and in Burtons Road, Priory Road and opposite Platts Eyot; and tree planting in areas including Broad Lane, Hanworth Road, Hampton Hill High Street and adjoining streets, Hatherop Recreation Ground, Hampton Court Road and Hampton Court Bridge; STG 1
BLT 26
(11) make use of any further opportunities that may arise to improve the local environment, particularly in Hampton Village and Hampton Hill; STG 1
BLT 26
(12) improve health, education and other public services through the provision of new, replacement and improved facilities and by the community use of facilities at various schools; CCE 4, 8, 9
(13) encourage the improvement of the housing stock and residential environment and where appropriate seek area-wide improvement; BLT 26
HSG 16, 17
(14) ensure that parking problems in residential streets do not get any worse, and investigate and consult on the possible introduction of controlled parking zones around Hampton Village, Hampton Hill and Fulwell to alleviate some of the parking problems; STG 11
TRN 4, 3, 21, 22
HSG 13
(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 11
TRN 28
(16) continue to protect historic gardens at Bushy Park, Garricks Villa, Hampton Court and Hampton Court House; STG 2
ENV 10
(17) undertake area traffic studies in Fulwell, Hampton Hill, the Hamptons and Hampton Nursery Lands and investigate measures to restrain traffic, to relieve residential roads from through traffic and improve road safety; STG 11
TRN 19
(18) provide a co-ordinated pedestrian signposting system; TRN 9
(19) improve the Hampton Nursery Lands central area, including redevelopment where appropriate; CCE 12, 20
(20) prevent an increase in unsightly car parking in front gardens where possible through planning powers and by publicising the design guidance leaflet published by the Council; STG 2
BLT 28
(21) Achieve the regeneration of Platts Eyot and in particular the repair and use of the Listed Buildings, the retention of the working community and the other objectives of the conservation area study. ENV 28
12.24 The proposals for Hampton and Hampton Hill are:
(see H23)
LAND & BUILDINGS AT HAMPTON WATER TREATMENT WORKS CONVERSION OF REDUNDANT THAMES WATER BUILDINGS FOR BUSINESS, RESIDENTIAL AND OTHER COMPATIBLE USES TOGETHER WITH RE-USE OF THE ASSOCIATED FILTER BEDS AND SURROUNDING LAND. Thames Water has indicated that the eastern part of the treatment works will become surplus to requirements. Conversion of listed buildings for mixed use development (business, residential and other compatible uses) is desirable to ensure their retention and provide the opportunity for a mixed use development allowing a working community to develop, and reducing the need to travel. However, the achievement of such objectives may necessitate development going outside and beyond the footprints of the listed buildings. The nature of such development would need to be assessed with reference to the site's green belt designation. Development would be limited to the minimum necessary to achieve viability and this would be demonstrated through detailed financial analysis. Any permission granted would be subject to a legal agreement to ensure that the conversion of the listed buildings is phased in relation to new development. With the foregoing possible exception, the existing water treatment lagoons should be retained to preserve the open area which has an important relationship with the river and forms a setting for the listed buildings. Proposals should have regard to the improvement of links to the riverside, the creation of a public riverside walkway, and the improvement of pedestrian and cycle links to the site. Mature trees along the Lower Sunbury Road and the riverside must be retained. Private
H2 SUNNYSIDE RESERVOIR, LOWER SUNBURY ROAD, HAMPTON WATER BASED SPORT, RECREATIONAL USES If declared surplus to the requirements of Thames Water, the site should provide additional water based sport or recreational uses compatible with the site's green belt and nature conservation designation and its riverside location. Access by alternative means to the car to be encouraged. Private sector, site currently in Thames Water ownership.
H3 HYDES FIELD, UPPER SUNBURY ROAD, HAMPTON SHORT STAY CAMPING AND CARAVANNING To provide facilities for tourism. Any scheme must be designed to have the minimum adverse effect on the green belt. Ancillary buildings must be modest in scale and sited so as to be unobtrusive. Extensive landscaping to the margins of the site would be expected. Vehicular access to the site must satisfy highway safety requirements. The site is designated by the London Ecology Unit as a Site of Borough Importance for nature conservation and any proposal must retain and enhance the nature conservation value of the site. Private
H4 not saved beyond March 2008 FULWELL PARK, ADJOINING TWICKENHAM GOLF COURSE INTENSIFICATION OF SPORTS USE INCLUDING PROVISION OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES, CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND To increase local provision for both indoor and outdoor sports for which there is a need. To make up for a deficiency in play space in the area. Any buildings must be carefully screened and sited so as not to detract from the open appearance of the land. Development must be designed to retain features of nature conservation importance on the site, or where this is impracticable, to create new habitats and features which should be appropriately managed through a legal agreement. Access by alternative means to the car to be encouraged. Council / private sector
H5 HAMPTON STATION INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS To improve interchange facilities including pedestrian and cycle access, cycle parking, and bus interchange information systems. To improve information, mobility and access for people with disabilities. Railtrack
H6 NORTH END OF OAK AVENUE, HAMPTON RECREATION USE Site held for open recreation use compatible with green belt and district park function including possible allotments, currently leased for equestrian use. Council
H7 NORTH END OF OAK AVENUE, HAMPTON PROVISION OF BRIDLE PATH To provide a riding route for the horses and ponies stabled in the area, away from roads and footpaths. Council
H8 BUCKINGHAM JM/I SCHOOL INCREASED COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL To increase links with the community desired by governors and implement the Council's dual use policy. Access by alternative means to the car to be encouraged. Council, voluntary groups, school governors
H9 BEVEREE, BEAVER CLOSE CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND To relieve the shortage of children's playgrounds in the area. The scheme must be designed to retain features of nature conservation importance and protect the character of the conservation area. Council
H10 HAMPTON INFANTS SCHOOL, RIPLEY ROAD USE OF SCHOOL PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP. To relieve the shortage of children's playgrounds in the area, and to implement the Council's dual use policy. Council, voluntary groups, school governors.
H11 HAMPTON JUNIOR SCHOOL, PERCY ROAD ALTERATIONS AND EXTENSION TO SCHOOL BUILDING AND USE OF SCHOOL PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To meet the educational needs of the school and to relieve the shortage of children's playgrounds in the area, and to implement the Council's dual use policy. Access by alternative means to the car to be encouraged. Council, voluntary groups, school governors
H12 not saved beyond March 2008 PAGE'S GREEN, HAMPTON NURSERY LANDS CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND To relieve the shortage of children's play facilities in the area. Council
H13 not saved beyond March 2008 HAMPTON NURSERY LANDS, LAND ADJACENT TO BUCKINGHAM SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS HOSPICE To improve health care facilities. Council, district health authority, private
H14 HATHEROP RECREATION GROUND IMPROVEMENTS TO RECREATION GROUND, INCLUDING PAVILION, CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND AND TREE PLANTING New and improved facilities, construction of a limited car park, tree planting, establishment of a nature conservation area and a dog free area will enhance the recreational facilities and lead to increased use, and will contribute to the enhancement of wider green belt area. There is a need to replace the existing pavilion and to improve the children's playground. The car park should be carefully sited to minimise its effect on residential amenity and intrusion into the open space, with access via the existing Hatherop Road entrance. Access by alternative means to the car will be encouraged. Council
H15 PLATTS EYOT, LOWER SUNBURY RD, HAMPTON MIXED USES WHICH WILL ASSIST IN IMPROVING THE ISLAND'S ECONOMIC VIABILITY AND REGENERATION, AND IN PARTICULAR IT'S LISTED BUILDINGS, WILL BE ENCOURAGED, WHERE THE SPECIAL CHARACTER OR APPEARANCE OF THE ISLAND WOULD BE PRESERVED OR ENHANCED. SUITABLE USES INCLUDE BUSINESS OR INDUSTRIAL (B1 OR B2), LEISURE AND RESIDENTIAL. LIMITED VEHICULAR ACCESS SUBJECT TO MEETING THE TESTS BELOW. The Council recognises the need for regeneration of the island which will enable repair and use of the listed buildings, (preferably for boat-building and/or repair, and related or complementary uses), and retaining a working community with B1/B2 uses on the island to improve its economy. Supplementary planning guidance (Platts Eyot conservation area study, December 1998) sets out in detail the special interest, opportunities and constraints which the Council would expect to guide any regeneration proposals. In order to reverse the economic decline on the island, appropriate redevelopment will be encouraged, particularly in those areas identified in the SPG, where it would preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the conservation area. The island, outside the green belt should primarily be for employment-generating uses. Some residential use may be acceptable provided its extent, scale, design, concept and layout is consistent with the existing character as set out in the SPG, and recognises and reinforces the unusual nature of the island and its setting. Live-work units, incorporating a specifically-identified element of B1 use, would be appropriate. Docks, wharves and slipways must be retained, and important trees are to be kept to ensure there is no adverse effect on the green belt and Thames Policy Area. Any proposal to provide a bridge for vehicular access, and related enabling development, would be assessed on its merits, including quality and sensitivity of design; the Council would take into consideration the level of overall benefit to the island's economic viability, the consequent contribution to the regeneration of the listed buildings, and the effect on the character of the island and the river environment. Platts Eyot is part of the River Thames Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation designated by the London Ecology Unit and any proposals would be required to protect and enhance the nature conservation value of the site. Private
H16 CHURCH STREET / HIGH STREET PAVING AND STREET LIGHTING To create a pedestrian priority area and allow environmental improvement; to enhance the conservation area and to improve the setting of historic buildings. Council
H17 CHURCH STREET REDUCTION IN CARRIAGEWAY WIDTH. To improve facilities for pedestrians and reduce the effect of parked cars, and to enhance the conservation area. Council
H19 HIGH STREET / THAMES STREET JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT To improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, and to help buses. Council
H20 THAMES STREET / CHURCH STREET, HAMPTON TRAFFIC SIGNALS To improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, and to help buses. Council
H21 HAMPTON COURT RD/CHESTNUT AVENUE JUNCTION REALIGNMENT AND IMPROVEMENT To improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, and to help buses. Council
H22 FULWELL BUS GARAGE / RAIL STATION INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS To improve rail-bus interchange facilities by improving pedestrian links as well as helping cyclists. To improve public information systems and access for people with disabilities. Council
H23 HAMPTON WATER WORKS OPERATIONAL WATER WORKS DEVELOPMENT To meet the operational requirements for essential water treatment works subject to the limitations below and in particular the need to maintain the openness of the green belt, in particular the filter bed and reservoir areas. The water treatment works is a major developed site in the green belt (PPG 2, Annexe C). Planning permission will normally be granted for infilling, or partial redevelopment for essential water treatment related purposes providing that:

a) it is within the proposal site as identified on the proposals map;
b) it will have no greater impact on the openness or purposes of including land in the green belt than the existing development;
c) it will not exceed the height of the majority of the existing surrounding buildings or structures on the site or lead to a major increase in the developed proportion of the site. The filter beds and other visually open areas are not considered to be part of the developed area for the purposes of this policy; and
d) There will be no adverse impact on the character and appearance of the landscape or the visual amenities of the green belt, particularly in relation to the open filter beds and reservoirs.

Reason: To recognise the need to provide for appropriate operational development.
H24 Former Council Depot Oldfield Road HOUSING Site surplus to Council's requirements. Residential use will be compatible with surrounding area. Private
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