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The Core Strategy was adopted on 21st April 2009 and superseded some UDP policies.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2 July 2013, which introduced additional policies that apply within the Twickenham Area Action Plan boundary and also superseded some site specific proposals within Twickenham.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The only parts of the UDP that remain saved and have not been superseded by Local Plan documents are those Proposal Sites that were originally saved and not superseded by the Twickenham Area Action Plan. The proposal sites, which remain extant, are shown below; all other policies have not been saved or have been superseded and they have been removed from the Proposals Map.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


  RICHMOND TOWN not saved beyond March 2008
12.30 Richmond's location on the river and its historic environment make it one of London's most desirable locations in which to live and work, and very attractive to visitors. Through Norman and Medieval times it was a residence of the English monarchy. Henry VII built Richmond Palace here which was one of the favourite palaces of the Tudors. Although Richmond ceased to be a royal court with the passing of George III, it had become a popular riverside resort and place of entertainment. However, it was not until 1847 when the railway arrived and Richmond came within commuting distance of central London that substantial housing development took place and shaped the town into its present form. Nearly all the town is within designated conservation areas and many buildings are of townscape merit. St Matthias Church, with its impressive spire, provides a key feature to the sky line. Trees play a significant role in the surrounding parks and in the other open spaces within the town.
12.31 There are a number of features which detract from the quality of the townscape. The most obvious are buildings which contrast unfavourably with their environment; these are mainly of more modern origin introducing new elements such as blocks of flats, large office buildings and modern retailing outlets. Road widening has replaced more intimate coherent areas with new ones of distorted scale; Sheen Road between George Street and Paradise Road provides a very good example of this change in character and scale. Forecourt parking has also had a detrimental effect on the local street scene, removing front fences, gates and railings. The painting or rendering of brick and stone has significantly changed the character of some buildings. This is particularly detrimental in a row of terraces or semi-detached houses. Buildings have also been altered by the inappropriate replacement of essential elements of their style, such as windows, doors and architectural detail.
12.32 Richmond town centre is the major shopping centre of the Borough. Although it is the most important town centre for main food shopping, it is particularly important for comparison goods shopping, reflected in its designation as a major centre in the London Planning Advisory Committee's Supplementary Advice on Strategic Town Centres (1996). The 1997 Shopper Survey indicated that people use Richmond because of the range of good multiple and smaller, more specialised shops and the pleasant environment. The main improvements sought were reduction of traffic and pedestrianisation of the shopping streets.
12.33 The local shopping centres at Sheen Road and Friars Stile Road provide a range of goods to meet the day-to-day needs of residents. In addition, there are a number of isolated shops and small groups of shops which cater for 'top-up' shopping. The centre at Kew Road is dominated by restaurants which add to parking problems in nearby streets.
12.34 Richmond town centre is an excellent location for many community uses because of its high level of accessibility from most parts of the Borough and it is home to many important facilities such as the central lending and reference library. Richmond also provides the Borough with a range of leisure and entertainment facilities which enhance the attractiveness of the shopping centre. Borough-wide nearly a quarter of households use Richmond regularly in the evenings. Facilities include Pools on the Park, three cinemas, Richmond Theatre, the Orange Tree Theatre, the museum at the Old Town Hall and numerous public houses and restaurants. Queen Charlotte Hall offers a range of cultural and recreational activities. These facilities help attract the many visitors and tourists, who in turn bring economic benefits to the town. There is likely to be a growing demand for cultural, entertainment and recreational facilities, and Richmond will remain the Borough's prime location for this type of development, although growth of the facilities will need to be sensitive to the amenity of people who live in the centre. The increased intensity of use of the Richmond Athletic Ground for professional rugby has had significant implications for residents and businesses in the centre.
12.35 Richmond is a major employment centre for the Borough, providing jobs mostly in offices and retailing. Evidence suggests that most office jobs are being filled by people who live outside the Borough. Pressure is likely to continue as Richmond is an extremely attractive office location. Although Richmond benefits from good public transport accessibility, many employees use cars for their journeys to work, which contributes to the increasing congestion within the town centre.
12.36 Within the main shopping streets crossing roads is difficult and there are places where footways are too narrow. This makes shopping in the centre a less pleasant experience than it should be, and leads to particular difficulties for people with disabilities or other mobility problems, or with young children and/or prams and pushchairs. The limited seating within the centre leads to further difficulties for users. There is also a need to provide more routes and parking for cyclists.
12.37 The town centre is well served by public transport. A large number of service vehicles enter the Richmond area each day; of these about one third have business in the town centre. Rear servicing arrangements are poor and consequently service vehicles exacerbate traffic congestion and present a danger to pedestrians, particularly in George Street and Paradise Road/Red Lion Street.
12.38 The major issue facing the area is the impact of cars on the town centre itself and on the surrounding residential areas. The large number of cars moving and parking within the area inevitably results in congestion, environmental pollution, danger to pedestrians and cyclists, and delays to bus services. The congestion within the town centre, particularly at peak hours and weekends, leads to rat-running through adjoining residential areas where traffic prejudices the amenity and road safety of residents. Within the overall philosophy of restraint on the use of cars, there is a need to ensure there is sufficient short term parking to ensure Richmond remains economically buoyant, without attracting non-essential traffic, particularly commuters or sports spectators.
12.39 The priority for Richmond is to protect and enhance the social life and unique character of the town with its existing features and amenities, taking special account of the residential areas, the shopping centre and the riverside. The Transport Strategy for the town centre is illustrated on Map 14. In particular the Plan seeks especially to:


  Map 14
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  Relevant policies
(1) maintain and enhance the special qualities of the townscape, with particular attention to conservation areas and their special features; STG 2
(2) maintain and enhance both individual buildings and groups of buildings of special character, particularly the many listed buildings and buildings of townscape merit; allow reversion of offices in historic buildings around The Green to residential use; STG 2
BLT 3, 4
(3) protect and preserve the many fine views and vistas from Richmond Hill and Richmond Park, maintain the existing sky line and ridge line, and ensure St Matthias Church remains the dominant feature; STG 2
ENV 5, 26
(4) protect, preserve and where appropriate ensure that there is adequate opportunity for the investigation of sites of archaeological importance; STG 2
BLT 7, 8, 9
(5) protect and enhance the visual amenity of open spaces, including metropolitan open land and Other Open Land of Townscape Importance including Richmond Green, Little Green and Terrace Gardens; and secure improvements to the Old Deer Park in accordance with the Interim Brief (1998) and taking into account the principles of the Crown Estate's Landscape Strategy 1999; STG 2
ENV 1, 3
(6) protect and conserve trees throughout Richmond with special attention to those in the town's open spaces and along the River Thames; STG 2
(7) ensure that new development complements the street scene by its style, height, scale and massing, and use of architectural features and materials; STG 2
BLT 11
(8) implement environmental improvement schemes including land at the junction of Old Deer Park, the towpath area between Richmond Bridge and Buccleugh Gardens, and the Richmond Gate entrance to Richmond Park; and implement tree planting at various locations such as Friars Lane car park, Paradise Road and Victoria Villas; STG 2
BLT 26
(9) prevent an increase in unsightly car parking in front gardens and demolition of walls and railings which enhance the street scene; STG 2
BLT 28
(10) encourage the improvement of the housing stock and residential environment, and where appropriate seek comprehensive area improvement; BLT 26
HSG 16, 17
(11) encourage provision of cheaper housing, and protect where possible privately rented accommodation in multiple occupation; HSG 6, 15
(12) improve community facilities and ensure that adequate facilities for health, education, social services and other important public services remain available; CCE 5, 7, 8
(13) enhance and improve Richmond town centre as the most important employment and shopping centre in the Borough, ensuring that there is an adequate supply of shop units to meet the demands of shopkeepers and shoppers; STG 4
TC 2
(14) improve the appearance of the town centre through services such as street cleaning and action such as environmental improvements, and improve the convenience of the centre through ensuring it is accessible to all; STG 2
BLT 26
(15) ensure that new shop fronts, advertisements and street furniture visually contribute to the street scene and do not detract from the visual amenities of the area; STG 2
BLT 21
(16) ensure that there are adequate shops in the smaller centres of Friars Stile Road, Sheen Road and Kew Road; and protect other small groups of shops and isolated shops to ensure that residents' daily needs are met within walking distance of their homes; safeguard the interests of surrounding residents by not allowing more restaurants at Kew Road in particular where this would add to parking problems; STG 4
TC 6, 7
(17) encourage the provision of cultural, entertainment, recreation and other leisure facilities in the town centre, subject to maintaining the amenity of residents, and protect and improve those existing, for example through the relocation of the Museum of Richmond; STG 9
CCE 15, 17, 18
(18) minimise any adverse effects on residents and businesses from crowds visiting the rugby grounds through appropriate initiatives and agreements; ENV 14
TRN 2, 3
(19) encourage and promote improvements to public transport and interchange facilities at Richmond Station; in considering any development proposals for the station site the Council would need to be satisfied that such development would preserve or enhance the conservation area and would not lead to an unacceptable increase in traffic; STG 11
TRN 12
(20) undertake area traffic studies in Richmond town centre/The Green/Richmond Hill and investigate methods to restrain traffic, relieve residential and shopping roads of through traffic and improve road safety; STG 11
TRN 19
(21) ensure that parking problems in residential roads do not worsen; provide for any increase in short stay parking spaces by reducing long term parking in the town centre, while restricting car parking provision within new retail and commercial developments to minimise travel to work by car; STG 11
TRN 2, 4, 5, 21, 22
(22) investigate opportunities for improving conditions for pedestrians within the town centre, and give priority to buses on Richmond Bridge in order to improve pedestrian safety and environmental conditions and improve public transport; STG 11
TRN 19
(23) investigate, and where appropriate implement, other traffic management and traffic calming measures; STG 11
TRN 19
(24) encourage cycling and the provision of cycle routes and cycle parking in and around the town centre; STG 11
TRN 11
(25) manage tourism through effective promotion, and encourage the provision of hotel and guest house accommodation, and minimise the adverse effects of large number of visitors to the area; STG 10
(26) press for a reduction in aircraft and helicopter noise and oppose changes in aviation activity which would worsen the problem in the area; STG 12
TRN 28
(27) increase appropriate recreational use of the River Thames compatible with its role as an important wildlife corridor; STG 9
ENV 28
(28) 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
12.40 The proposals for Richmond are:
R1 GEORGE STREET TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR PEDESTRIANS THROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF PEDESTRIANISATION The Council in partnership with London Transport buses will investigate the feasibility of pedestrianising George Street, combined with measures to give priority to buses on Richmond Bridge in order to improve pedestrian safety and environmental conditions and improve public transport facilities. Council / London Transport / Community
R2 THE QUADRANT SERVICE ROAD EXTENSION, OFFICES, OR OTHER APPROPRIATE USE, COMMUNITY/ LEISURE USE. To improve rear servicing and thus improve conditions for pedestrians in the Quadrant and reduce delays to buses. The site is well served by public transport and offices, it would be acceptable to retain employment use on the site, subject to the provision of the service road as part of the scheme. It is recognised that there should be some flexibility in the line of the road in order that development does not interrupt underground cabling. To improve community / leisure facilities for residents and workers in this extremely accessible location. The height of building (which should not exceed four storeys) and the scale should not appear overbearing in relation to the listed buildings and buildings of townscape merit which adjoin the site. The amenity of existing residents must be protected. Council / Private
R3 not saved beyond March 2008 UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, LITTLE GREEN CONVERSION OF EXISTING CHURCH BUILDING TO OFFICE/RESIDENTIAL USE, NEW CHURCH AND COMMUNITY BUILDING ON SUNDAY SCHOOL SITE; PUBLIC FOOTPATH LINKING LITTLE GREEN TO THE QUADRANT To ensure the retention of this listed building, which occupies a prominent position and forms a landmark in the conservation area, and to ensure the retention of an important community facility provided by the existing church use through the provision of new community facilities. The office and/or residential conversion of the existing church will fund the provision of the new church and community building on the sunday school site and will enable provision of the public footpath link. Private
R4 FRIARS LANE CAR PARK HOUSING Sufficient parking elsewhere in town, redevelopment for residential use will enhance the conservation area and improve the amenities of residents. Adequate replacement parking spaces for the disabled will be provided on-street at Richmond Green. Council / private
R5 not saved beyond March 2008 LOWER MORTLAKE ROAD(A316)/SANDYCOMBE ROAD/MANOR ROAD JUNCTION MODIFICATIONS To modify the junction as part of the gas works site development to help ease congestion, improve safety and help buses. Highways Agency / Traffic Director / Developer
R6* RICHMOND STATION AND TRACK AIR RIGHTS TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE / RAILTRACK CONCOURSE / COMPREHENSIVE RETAIL /BUSINESS USE/ COMMUNITY/ ENTERTAINMENT/ RESIDENTIAL/ PARKING The comprehensive redevelopment of this 5.5 ha site to provide an improved interchange (in terms of convenience and safety) between trains and all other means of transport particularly buses, and incorporate improved pedestrian permeability, access (particularly for people with disabilities), cycle access, parking and bus standing facilities. Good information systems to aid interchange are important. An intensive mix of town centre uses could include most of those included in the proposal, it is desirable that they include larger modern retail units, entertainment and meeting facilities and office accommodation in order to enhance the town centre and relieve other parts of the centre where entertainment uses cause unacceptable pressures. The uses should enhance the vitality and viability of the town through complementing existing town centre uses. The proposal should provide additional benefits to the town centre. A third of any housing should be affordable housing; the remainder should be small units with no on-site parking. The provision of other parking will be in accordance with the operational needs of the proposed development, bearing in mind the good public transport accessibility, and should not unreasonably add to the traffic congestion on town centre streets. A reduction in longer term parking for commuters will be sought. The existing pedestrian right of way linking Church Road and the station should be retained. To improve public information systems and access for people with disabilities. The scheme should maintain local distinctiveness and have regard for conserving or enhancing the character and appearance of the town centre conservation area at this key entrance to the town. The Council has prepared a planning brief for the site and will consider using its statutory powers to compulsory purchase land that is required to bring forward a comprehensive and integrated scheme. Private / Railtrack
R7 LAND AT REAR OF 10 KINGS ROAD HOUSING Housing development must preserve the appearance and character of the conservation area and should not detract from the amenities of the surrounding areas for local residents. Council /private
R8 POOLS ON THE PARK INTENSIFICATION OF SPORTS USE Increased indoor recreation facilities including possible expansion of health and fitness suite will increase provision for which there is a need. The pools complex is listed Grade II in the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest; its inter-relationship of indoor and outdoor space and its relationship to its parkland setting contribute to its status as an exemplar of 1960s swimming baths design. Any proposed improvements must therefore respect the character of the building and its setting in the Old Deer Park, (which is included in English Heritage's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens at Grade I), the character of the conservation area, and the location adjacent to metropolitan open land, and must not encroach upon the Old Deer Park. Any further development should not encroach on the Old Deer Park area physically and should respect conservation area and historic park status and its location adjacent to metropolitan open land. Car parking should be extensively landscaped to reflect this location. Access by alternative means to the car will be encouraged. Council/ Private sector
R9 NEW VINEYARD SCHOOL USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To reduce the shortage of playgrounds in the area and to implement the Council's dual use policy Council/ Voluntary groups / School governors
R10 not saved beyond March 2008 CHRIST'S SCHOOL PRIMARY SCHOOL Proposal required to meet increasing education needs in the area. The site should be made available for full dual use out of school hours. Council, voluntary groups, school governors
R11 TERRACE YARD, PETERSHAM RD HOUSING Site not used as part of park. Land to be developed for housing, to respect the site's location in a conservation area and Thames Policy Area Private
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