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The Core Strategy was adopted on 21st April 2009 and superseded some UDP policies.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2 July 2013, which introduced additional policies that apply within the Twickenham Area Action Plan boundary and also superseded some site specific proposals within Twickenham.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The only parts of the UDP that remain saved and have not been superseded by Local Plan documents are those Proposal Sites that were originally saved and not superseded by the Twickenham Area Action Plan. The proposal sites, which remain extant, are shown below; all other policies have not been saved or have been superseded and they have been removed from the Proposals Map.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


  KEW not saved beyond March 2008
12.25 Kew is enclosed on two sides by a bend in the River Thames. Historical associations centre on Kew Green, and the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens. The attractive residential environment is affected by the noise, pollution and visual intrusion of heavy traffic along the Mortlake Road, Kew Road and Lower Mortlake Road/Lower Richmond Road. Mortlake Road is particularly unsuitable for its role as part of the South Circular Road, and for the heavy vehicles that it carries; the impact of its designation as a red route will be closely monitored. Lower Mortlake Road and Lower Richmond Road carry heavy traffic flows and are a barrier for pedestrians. Kew also suffers from aircraft noise. Problems of on-street residential parking are increased by widespread commuter parking at the station, and by cars and coaches bringing the numerous visitors to Kew Gardens. Good rail services ensure access to a wide range of job opportunities for residents of most of the area. New developments at the Public Record Office, the Inland Revenue Sorting Office and the non-food retail park on the former industrial estate in Mortlake Road have increased the number of jobs available in what is one of the major employment areas in the Borough.
12.26 There is a thriving local shopping centre around Kew Gardens Station, but at centres in Sandycombe Road and Kew Green non-retail uses have become predominant. The River Thames provides attractive views and semi-rural riverside walks.
12.27 The major priorities for Kew are to prevent an increase in traffic; to protect and enhance the townscape and riverside; to improve local traffic conditions; to reduce parking problems; and to secure the satisfactory redevelopment of the Kew Riverside area between the railway bridge and Chiswick Bridge in a co-ordinated manner. The area also needs improved library facilities and more local open space in view of the fact that the levying of increased admission charges and limitations on the use of the Royal Botanic Gardens preclude an effective role as public open space.
12.28 For Kew 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, overcome isolated points of congestion and delay, and discourage further through traffic and heavy goods vehicles; STG 11
TRN 17, 25, 26
(2) continue to press the Government Office for London to remove Kew Road from the Strategic Road Network, and remove the trunk road status of the A205 in an attempt to reduce its use by through traffic; STG 11
TRN 16
(3) ensure that parking problems in the area, especially in residential streets, do not get any worse by

(a) resisting the loss of existing off-street parking,
(b) ensuring that as many visitors as possible to Kew Gardens are aware that it is well served by public transport,
(c) providing coach parking facilities, and
(d) not allowing more restaurants if they would add to parking problems;
STG 9, 11
TRN 4, 5, 22
CCE 18
TC 9
(4) implement area traffic schemes in North Kew/ Kew Green and South Kew using measures to restrain traffic, relieve residential roads of through traffic and improve road safety; STG 11
TRN 19
(5) 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
(6) keep and improve the present level of service on the Richmond - North Woolwich Line; STG 11
(7) protect and enhance the Kew Green, Kew Gardens, Kew Road and Lawn Crescent conservation areas, and preserve historic buildings; in particular encourage the enhancement of the setting of Kew Palace. STG 2
ENV 10
BLT 2, 3, 4
(8) encourage conversions of larger old houses rather than redevelopment, to avoid the problems which have arisen in the Kew Road area where new developments do not always harmonise with the old; STG 6
HSG 13
(9) protect the local shopping centres at Kew Gardens Station, Kew Green, Lower Mortlake Road and Sandycombe Road, and protect isolated shops in the area near to Lower Mortlake Road which does not have a shopping centre; STG 4
TC 5, 6, 7
(10) encourage restaurants etc., in shop units in suitable locations outside key shopping frontages in the centres at Kew Gardens Station and Kew Green (provided this does not add significantly to the parking problems), in order to cater for visitors as well as residents; and encourage the conversion of surplus shop units outside the key frontage in Sandycombe Road to residential use; CCE 18
TC 5, 6, 8
(11) protect and improve views of the opposite river bank, notably of Strand-on-the-Green which is one of the most attractive urban views on the river, by making appropriate representations; protect areas of sensitive ecology; STG 13
ENV 5, 18, 26
(12) increase public access to the riverside and improve the towpath where this is needed, including at Kew Pier which is one of the tourist gateways to the Borough; ENV 27
(13) 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
(14) secure environmental improvements including tidying up of car parking areas at Kew Gardens Station, which is a tourist gateway, and at Townmead Road; secure tree planting on Kew sewage works site; STG 2
BLT 26
(15) encourage the improvement of the housing stock and residential environment, and where appropriate seek area-wide improvement; BLT 26
HSG 16, 17
(16) protect and enhance areas of Brentford Aits and Occupation Road and the River Thames generally as Other Sites of Nature Importance; STG 2
ENV 18
(17) provide small parks and children's play space in areas which are beyond walking distance of existing facilities, where opportunities arise; STG 7
ENV 12
(18) ensure that the traffic impact of the development of the Kew riverside area is mitigated by improvements to public transport, cycle and pedestrian facilities for the benefit of new and existing residents; and that the development provides for local needs, protects metropolitan open land and enhances its ecological potential, increases public access and enjoyment to the riverside whilst protecting its semi-rural character, improves the riverside in the vicinity of the Townmead Road recycling centre, and achieves improvements to Kew Meadows Path and other pedestrian routes; ENV 1, 19, 27
TRN 2, 9
(19) continue to preserve the historic garden of Kew and encourage the provision of improved facilities for visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens to continue to work with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on the potential use of part of their premises for specific events by local residents; STG 2
ENV 10
(20) improve facilities and make the library a focus for local activity of community facilities and in particular seek to replace Townmead Youth Centre and improve library provision. CCE 12, 14
12.29 The proposals for Kew are:
K1 not saved beyond March 2008 KEW SEWAGE WORKS HOUSING, INCLUDING AFFORDABLE AND SPECIAL NEEDS, BUSINESS USE, COMMUNITY USE, OPEN SPACE, RECREATIONAL USE, NATURE CONSERVATION, PEDESTRIAN/CYCLE ROUTE LINK, NEW ACCESS Thames Water has indicated that if alternative arrangements can be made for sewage treatment and sufficient income produced, this site will be available for development. Retention of a 40m strip of metropolitan open land along the riverside will be required and its value for nature conservation must be enhanced. Slight variations from a 40m strip may be permitted providing the total area of metropolitan open land along the riverside is retained. The main use of the site should be for housing to help cater for demand, and the Council will also seek to negotiate a significant proportion of affordable units. Related employment uses will also be encouraged subject to their not generating unacceptable traffic conditions: sustainable uses directed at needs of new residents will be encouraged. The potential for a buffer of B1 development to reduce the impact of the civic amenity site should be considered. There will be a need for a small community hall to meet the needs of the occupiers of the residential development. Open space will provide an amenity for residents and should be sited where a new pedestrian/cycle link to the river from West Hall Road meets Kew Meadows Path. The site is also suitable for a range of recreational uses which should include uses related to the river. An hotel or pub would also be appropriate. The semi-rural character of the towpath should be retained and views across the site provided if appropriate. Density should generally be at the lower end of the density range 173 - 247 habitable rooms per hectare. The height of buildings should be predominately two and three storeys.

Vehicular access to the southern end of the site should be from Townmead Road (with appropriate highway improvements). At the northern end access will be from the adjacent site, where a road should be provided from Gypsy Corner/Mortlake Road. In order to provide an uninterrupted green link, including a footpath/cycle link from West Hall Road to the river, a through route would not be acceptable (except possibly for buses). Vehicular access from West Hall Road will not be acceptable. The Council will expect contributions towards public transport initiatives. Proposals that include rationalisation of uses on adjoining sites may be acceptable in order to achieve the better planning of the area.
K2 not saved beyond March 2008 KEW RIVERSIDE HOUSING / NATURE CONSERVATION The river frontage is designated as the Thames Policy Area and metropolitan open land, and also includes a section of the cycle route along the Kew / Mortlake towpath. The existing warehouse and office buildings on the site will be demolished. Retention of the strip of metropolitan open land along the riverside will be required and its value for nature conservation must be enhanced. The semi-rural character of the towpath should be retained, riverside views should be protected and the setting of the towpath trees maintained. The bulk of the development should be kept towards the rear of the site, away from the river, to avoid dominating the area of metropolitan open land. The heights and forms of the building section should vary within the development to avoid a monolithic appearance. The mass of the Public Record Office means that buildings higher than nearby residential could be appropriate, but should reduce towards the ends of the site to complement the more rural character of this part of the site. Special consideration should be given to the northern part of the site, which is designated an Other Site of Nature Importance. The main use of the site should be for housing to help cater for need and demand, and the Council expects at least 40% of the units on site be affordable, and in addition, that at least a quarter of the units be small. Vehicular access shall be via the roundabout adjoining Kew Retail Park. Any use of Occupation Road for access should be restricted to pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles. Private
K3 QUEENS C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL, CUMBERLAND 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
K4 KEW GARDENS 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
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