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The Core Strategy was adopted on 21st April 2009 and superseded some UDP policies.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2 July 2013, which introduced additional policies that apply within the Twickenham Area Action Plan boundary and also superseded some site specific proposals within Twickenham.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The only parts of the UDP that remain saved and have not been superseded by Local Plan documents are those Proposal Sites that were originally saved and not superseded by the Twickenham Area Action Plan. The proposal sites, which remain extant, are shown below; all other policies have not been saved or have been superseded and they have been removed from the Proposals Map.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

LOCAL STRATEGIES AND PLAN PROPOSALS

   
  TWICKENHAM – not saved beyond March 2008
12.47 The attraction of Twickenham as a residential area appears to date from the end of Elizabeth I's reign. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries a succession of notable people made their weekend and summer homes there. Much of the attractive character of present day Twickenham, especially the riverside areas and open spaces, derives from these associations. Marble Hill House, York House and Strawberry Hill remain as present day landmarks. The intimate scale of the original riverside village, clustered around the Parish Church, remains in Church Street and the lanes leading to it.
12.48 The Chertsey Road (A316) forms the boundary of the area to the north and the River Thames to the east and south-east. To the south and west are Teddington and Whitton. Twickenham town centre lies at the heart of the area and is the largest of the four district shopping centres, providing a good range of shops and services. In response to concern over the vitality and viability of the centre an Action Plan was agreed in 1996, and a Town Centre Manager subsequently appointed by the Twickenham Partnership to take forward initiatives to enhance the centre. Twickenham town centre is also a major employment centre in the Borough providing a considerable number of office and retail jobs.
12.49 The remainder of the Twickenham area comprising East and West Twickenham, St Margarets and Strawberry Hill, is largely residential, and is generally of high environmental quality. It contains some very attractive riverside and open spaces, including Marble Hill Park, Twickenham Green, and the parkland along the River Crane. Marble Hill attracts many visitors. There are eight local shopping centres, and nearly all have been losing shops. Quite a large area lying between the River Crane and the A316 and to the east of the RFU stadium has no shops within easy walking distance, but it is unlikely that new shops would be viable.
12.50 In Twickenham town centre traffic management has improved pedestrian safety, reduced delays for motorists and facilitated the introduction of traffic calming measures in the surrounding area. Parking problems in the area have been alleviated by the introduction of Controlled Parking Zones extending as far as the Cole Park and South Twickenham areas. Another zone in East Twickenham has similarly improved the on-street parking situation in that area. The A316 is the busiest road in the Borough and forms a barrier to pedestrians. Crown Road in St Margarets is another problem area, being unsuitable for the through traffic it carries especially because of its parking problems. Priorities are to protect and enhance the character of the area and the riverside, retain and improve amenities for residents and enhance the role of Twickenham town centre as a focal point for shops, services and employment in the area. However, the introduction of Controlled Parking Zones can create additional parking pressures on the fringe of the zones.
12.51 Major rugby events at the RFU have an impact on the functioning of the town centre, and on local residents. The Council is currently consulting on a matchday Controlled Parking Zone and in the longer term, improved pedestrian links from Twickenham Station to the Stoop Memorial Ground and the RFU will be investigated.
12.52 The Colne Road area of West Twickenham consists of an area of older, improved housing in which are interspersed industrial and commercial uses. The proximity of these uses creates problems of noise and disturbance from lorries and on-street parking.
12.53 For Twickenham the Plan seeks especially to:
 
  Relevant policies
(1) develop Twickenham town centre as a focal point for shopping, leisure and recreational facilities not only to provide for local residents but to supplement Richmond town centre's strategic role; STG 9, 10
CCE 15, 16, 18
TC 2
(2) maintain Twickenham town centre's role as a major centre of employment in order to support local shops and services and provide employment for local residents; STG 4
EMP 1, 4
(3) discourage the loss of shopping in Twickenham town centre and encourage the provision of new larger shopping units to maintain the attractiveness of the centre to shoppers and traders; STG 4
TC 2, 5, 6
(4) protect local shopping centres at East Twickenham (Richmond Road), St Margarets Road, Crown Road, Whitton Road, Twickenham Green, Fulwell and Strawberry Hill; STG 4
TC 5, 6
(5) seek improvements in rear servicing facilities in Twickenham town centre particularly in Church Street and King Street/London Road; STG 11
TRN 18
(6) reduce traffic congestion and parking problems in Twickenham town centre and the St Margarets shopping centre; by restricting new business developments and associated on-site car parking to discourage commuting by car. Generally ensure that parking problems in residential streets do not get any worse; STG 11
TRN 2, 4, 5,
TRN 21, 22
(7) improve interchange facilities between public and private transport and provide better facilities for cyclists, particularly at Twickenham Station; STG 11
TRN 11, 12
(8) protect and enhance Twickenham Riverside, Twickenham Green, Trafalgar Road, Belmont Road, Beresford Avenue, Cambridge Park, Popes Avenue, Twickenham Park, St Margarets and Richmond Riverside (part) conservation areas and protect historic buildings, and continue to secure the future of buildings at risk from neglect which are in the ownership of the Crown, Government departments or the Health Authority; STG 11
ENV 26
BLT 2, 3, 4
(9) not allow any more buildings which are significantly higher than the surrounding area; STG 2
BLT 26
(10) encourage the improvement of the housing stock and residential environment and where appropriate seek area wide improvement; BLT 26
HSG 16, 17
(11) minimise problems caused by the concentration of industry, storage and distribution uses in various parts of the area, by limiting the expansion of firms where this would mean added disturbance from traffic noise and vibration and by allowing redevelopment for other employment generating uses where no suitable B2 or B8 uses can be found. The areas most affected include the Colne Road and Cross Road areas; STG 8
EMP 1, 3, 4
(12) improve community facilities by identifying a site for a larger library in Twickenham town centre should the opportunity arise, extending the Orleans House Gallery, providing a new community centre and youth facilities in Twickenham town centre and Meadway; CCE 12, 14, 19, 20
(13) provide public open space in the areas around Stanley Road, the Cross Roads and in St. Margaret's which are beyond walking distance of a local park, and secure some amenity and open space in the densely developed parts of the Colne Road area when opportunities arise, and improve provision for children's play; STG 7
ENV 12
CCE 10
(14) 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
(15) preserve and enhance open land along the River Crane as an amenity for residents and as part of the green chain from the M4 to the Thames; STG 2
ENV 1, 6, 18
(16) protect the character of the riverside, adjoining land, and islands in the Thames Policy Area and riverside views especially by restricting development on the rural stretch of the river between Twickenham and Richmond which is a focal point on the famous view from Richmond Hill; STG 2
ENV 5, 26, 27
(17) secure improvements to the environment and townscape on the riverside and towpath between Twickenham and Richmond, on the banks of the River Crane, on the Embankment in Twickenham town centre, to Twickenham Green, at Garfield Road and at Twickenham station; STG 2
BLT 26
(18) secure additional tree planting at locations including Staines Road, Whitton Road, Cross Deep, Fulwood Gardens, St Margarets Road area and Twining Road area; STG 2
ENV 9
(19) prevent an increase in unsightly car parking in front gardens where possible through planning powers and publicising the design guidance leaflet published by the Council; STG 2
BLT 28
(20) encourage public access and recreational use of the river and river banks at and upstream of Twickenham and opposite Richmond town centre, and seek the retention of uses which add to the character of the river; ENV 27, 28
(21) minimise the adverse effects of visitors to the area; STG 10
EMP 8
(22) continue to protect historic gardens at Popes Grotto, Marble Hill and Strawberry Hill; STG 2
ENV 10
(23) protect and enhance Orleans House Gardens, Glovers Island and parts of Orleans Park School grounds and Eel Pie Island as Other Sites of Nature Importance; STG 2
ENV 18
(24) implement area traffic schemes in the Lion Road area, Cambridge Park and St Margarets using measures to restrain traffic, relieve residential roads of through traffic and improve road safety; STG 11
TRN 19
(25) work with the Environment Agency to enhance nature conservation and general environment along the River Crane during necessary flood control works; STG 2
ENV 18, 19, 37
(26) 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
(27) ensure that parking problems in residential streets do not get any worse by continuing to review and monitor the Controlled Parking Zone at St Margarets; TRN 21
(28) ensure that parking problems in residential streets do not get any worse by investigating the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone in the Heatham area of Twickenham; TRN 21
(29) to minimise any adverse effects on residents or businesses from large crowds visiting the Rugby Ground or the Stoop Memorial Ground, through appropriate initiatives and agreements. ENV 14
TRN 3
 
12.54 The proposals for Twickenham are: (struck through sites are superseded by the Twickenham Area Action Plan in July 2013)
 
No. SITE PROPOSAL JUSTIFICATION IMPLEMENTATION
T1* TWICKENHAM RIVERSIDE AND 1-33 KING STREET ENHANCEMENT OF RIVERSIDE, LEISURE USE INCLUDING PUBLIC OPEN SPACE, HOUSING, CAFES AND POSSIBLE RETAIL, TOILETS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC USE POSSIBLE TEMPORARY USES INCLUDING PUBLIC OPEN SPACE The site is of importance to the future of Twickenham and any scheme should be compatible with the improvement of the wider area including the King Street frontage. Development should enhance the conservation area and Thames Policy Area by maintaining the scale and character of this part of the riverside, taking account of the vehicular and other access needs of river users, local residents and businesses and making a significant contribution to achieving the strategic policies of the Thames Landscape Strategy. An objective should be to promote the use and enjoyment of the river and riverside through uses such as public open space, cafés and restaurants. It is envisaged that public open space would form an important element of the scheme. Housing provision should include a substantial element of small units and affordable housing. The service road to the rear of King Street should continue to be the primary vehicular access to the site and should continue to service premises in King Street. If practicable, the opportunity should be taken to make limited improvements to servicing these premises. Important trees should be retained. In the short term, pending a suitable and viable scheme, a mix of temporary uses, including public open spaces could be acceptable. Private / Council
T2 STABLE BLOCK, ORLEANS HOUSE RIVERSIDE EXTENSION OF ART GALLERY AND NEW LOCAL STUDIES MUSEUM To provide additional gallery space, and local studies museum for Twickenham. Council
T3 POST OFFICE SORTING OFFICE, LONDON ROAD PUBLIC SERVICE /MIXED USE To provide either education use (post 16) or a mix of uses to take advantage of public transport accessibility and to maximise benefits to the town centre. The established use of the site is for public service, including substantial employment, this means that priority should be given to public service/ employment uses particularly the need for facilities for post 16 education needs in the Borough or any uses that could be serviced by rail. The site has potential for a mixture of town centre uses and consideration could also be given to the potential for hotel, leisure and residential uses. Forty per cent of any residential element should be affordable housing; other housing should be developed at a high density with small units and without on-site parking. The site is not appropriate for retail uses which would draw trade from the designated frontages and lead to the elongation of the centre. Only where fairly and reasonably related to the proposed development, the proposals will allow for the provision of a riverside walk along the River Crane, to link to the existing River Crane Walk, and a link along the railway to the rugby stadia (see Proposal T17). Features of nature conservation importance should be preserved and enhanced. Proposals should take a comprehensive approach, taking into account related town centre sites particularly Twickenham Railway Station (T17) and the Station Yard (T23), and the contribution of the proposal towards the area as a whole. Private
T4 OAK LANE CEMETERY PUBLIC OPEN SPACE There is a long standing need for additional local open space in the area. The open space is intended to provide a tranquil rest and sitting out area for local residents. Care will be taken to retain its peaceful and informal character, trees on the site and its nature conservation importance. The site will be locked at night and ball games etc. will be discouraged to protect the amenities of nearby residents. Council / church
T5 GARFIELD ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY AREA, SHARED USE, LANDSCAPING To improve this essential link between Church Street (and ultimately Twickenham riverside) and Arragon Road car park which will have increased significance with the redevelopment of the Twickenham riverside site (T1) and expanding evening economy. The environment for pedestrians will be improved through hard landscaping, appropriate lighting and rationalisation of car parking. Vehicle access to existing premises including the post office, telephone exchange and residential property will be retained. Council
T6 CHURCH STREET LIMITED PEDESTRIANISATION OF STREET To improve the environment and restrict vehicle access to an environmentally sensitive shopping street. Service access to premises for limited periods to be allocated by Council. Council
T7 WALDEGRAVE SCHOOL ALTERATION, EXTENSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF SCHOOL PREMISES, INCREASED PUBLIC USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES To improve educational facilities, develop community use and implement the Council's dual use policy. Access by alternative means of travel to the car will be encouraged. Council in consultation with the governors
T8 ARCHDEACON CAMBRIDGE C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOLS, THE GREEN, HAMPTON ROAD USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To relieve shortage of playgrounds in the area and to implement the Council's dual use policy Council / voluntary groups /school governors
T9 TRAFALGAR PRIMARY SCHOOLS, ELMSLEIGH ROAD USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To relieve shortage of playgrounds in the area and to implement the Council's dual use policy. Council / voluntary groups /school governors
T10 ST JAMES' RC PRIMARY SCHOOL USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To relieve shortage of playgrounds in the area and to implement the Council's dual use policy. Council / Voluntary Groups / School Governors
T11 THE EMBANKMENT, TWICKENHAM PASSENGER BOAT LANDING STAGE To encourage tourists to visit Twickenham and to stimulate river passenger transport. Private
T12 ORLEANS PARK SCHOOL, RICHMOND ROAD INCREASED PUBLIC USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES INCLUDING SPORTSHALL AND PLAYING FIELDS To develop community use of the school, help mitigate a deficiency in public indoor sports facilities and implement the Council's dual use policy. Access by alternative means of travel to the car will be encouraged. Council
T13 MEADWAY DUAL USE OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To implement the Council's dual use policy. Council / voluntary groups / school governors
T14 CRANEFORD WAY DEPOT CRANEFORD WAY COUNCIL DEPOT FACILITIES/RESIDENTIAL USE To improve and rationalise the Council's existing depot facilities. If depot is relocated or rationalised, redevelopment (or partial redevelopment) for residential and improvements to pedestrian route to south. Pump house to be retained in any new scheme, in any reorganisation of uses on the site any land in the western part released as public open space adjoining the Duke of Northumberland River could be considered for designation as MOL in a future review. Council
T15 HOLLY ROAD, TWICKENHAM IMPROVEMENTS TO SERVICING ARRANGEMENTS To improve rear servicing and reduce delays, particularly to buses, and improve the appearance of the area including the setting of the cemetery. Council
T16 FOUNTAIN PUBLIC HOUSE, STAINES ROAD HOTEL To satisfy demand for overnight accommodation from visitors to the Borough. Any development must be of a small scale to protect the amenity of the area. Private
T17 TWICKENHAM RAILWAY STATION TOWN CENTRE MIXED USE, INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS, BOOKING HALL, RIVERSIDE WALK To improve interchange facilities and provide a mix of town centre uses to take advantage of the high level of public transport accessibility and to maximise benefits to the town centre. It is recognised that there is potential for both immediate and long-term interchange improvements in association with redevelopment of the site including improved pedestrian (including bus interchange opportunities) and cycle access including cycle parking, bus interchange information systems and environmental improvements to the forecourt. To improve information systems and access for people with disabilities. The site has potential for a mix of town centre uses including business, leisure and residential. Forty per cent of any residential element should be affordable housing; the remainder should be small units with no on-site parking. The site is not appropriate for significant retail uses which would draw trade from designated frontages and lead to the unacceptable elongation of the centre. Any proposal must allow for the provision of a riverside walk as part of the River Crane Walk, the reinstatement of Platform 1 and a link to the proposed pedestrian walkway to the rugby stadia. Car parking for commuters should be reduced. Proposals should take a comprehensive approach taking into account related town centre sites, particularly the Post Office Sorting Office (T3) and the Station Yard (T23), and the contribution of the proposal toward the enhancement of the area as a whole. Railtrack / private
T18 MARBLE HILL PARK, RICHMOND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO LANDSCAPING The open views to the house from the road and the river are essential to the historic landscape which is a registered Historic Park, Grade II* and should be retained where they still exist, and re-instated where they have been lost. However, there is a need to re-think the landscaping and layout of the grounds to complement rather than detract from the house and its setting. The aim is to restore the original tree'd frame, green terraces and visual connection to the river; improve the appearance of roads and service areas between the road and the house; reduce the impact of recreational areas and dog-free zone on the setting of the house by selective boundary planting, landscaping or relocation; and explore the potential for creation of a wildflower meadow to create new habitats. English Heritage
T19 CHERTSEY ROAD (A316) / LONDON ROAD (A310) JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT To improve road safety. Highways Agency / Traffic Director
T20 WHITTON ROAD / RUGBY ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO ROUNDABOUT APPROACHES To improve road safety and provide pedestrian facilities. Council
T21 ST MARGARETS ROAD/RICHMOND ROAD/ROSSYLN ROAD JUNCTION IMPROVEMENTS To investigate and consult on possible improvements, to assist pedestrians and improve road safety. The plan proposes improvements to Twickenham station, and the potential for a new purpose built walk for spectators to serve both the Stoop Memorial Ground and the RFU is being investigated. Council
T22 CHERTSEY ROAD (A316)/HOSPITAL BRIDGE ROAD JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT To improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, and to help the flow of buses. Highways Agency/ Traffic Director for London/ Council
T23 STATION YARD CAR FREE HOUSING /BUSINESS USE Should London Transport vacate the site or provide alternative facilities elsewhere, this highly accessible town centre site provides the opportunity for a mixed use development including car-free housing and business uses. Forty per cent of the housing units should be affordable. Any private sector element should be in the form of small units to increase this type of stock. Developers should take into account existing or emerging proposals for other sites in order to maximise the contribution towards the social and economic development of Twickenham Town Centre. Private
T24 BRUNEL UNIVERSITY* COLLEGE, TWICKENHAM REDEVELOPMENT FOR A MIXED USE SCHEME, INCLUDING HOUSING, SOME COMMUNITY/ EDUCATION/ EMPLOYMENT USE, RETENTION OF LISTED BUILDINGS AND SOME OPEN AREAS, IMPROVED LINKS THROUGH SITE A high quality of design must be provided in any new development taking into account its location within the St Margarets Conservation Area and the presence of an important area of open land immediately adjacent to the Campus on the riverside, which has metropolitan open land and Thames Policy Area designation. Further development proposals will be considered with due regard to the need to protect the amenity of residents, to protect and enhance the riverside, to enhance the townscape and landscape within the campus, and to take account of traffic conditions in the areas. The site is relatively inaccessible by public transport and opportunities should be sought to improve provision for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians. Private
T25 ST MARGARETS STATION INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS To improve interchange facilities including pedestrian and cycle access, including cycle parking, and bus interchange information systems. To improve information systems and access for people with disabilities. Railtrack
T26 STRAWBERRY HILL STATION INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS To improve interchange facilities including pedestrian and cycle access, including cycle parking, and bus interchange information systems. To improve information systems and access for people with disabilities. Railtrack
T27 ST MARY'S JUNIOR C OF E SCHOOL REAR OF ORLEANS PARK SCHOOL USE OF PLAYGROUND OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS SUPERVISED BY A SUITABLE COMMUNITY GROUP To implement the Council's dual use policy. Council, voluntary groups, school governors
T28* HARLEQUINS RUGBY GROUND CONTINUED USE AS SPORTS GROUND WITH ASSOCIATED FACILITIES ENABLING DEVELOPMENT, NEW ACCESS ROAD. Consolidation of existing use, improvements to facilities, taking into account effect on nearby residents. Enabling development and new access road from A316 to serve new residential development. Private

T29

 

 

RICHMOND UPON THAMES COLLEGE SITE REDEVELOPMENT TO PROVIDE A NEW COLLEGE AND ENABLING RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ON THE SITE OF THE EXISTING COLLEGE AND PLAYING FIELD SOUTH OF THE A316. RETENTION AND UPGRADING OF CRANEFORD WAY EAST PLAYING FIELD. To provide rationalisation, expansion and improvements to the College (either on the site of the current buildings and/or on the College playing field to the immediate south of the A316) with enabling development and associated open space. If development takes place on the College playing field south of the A316 the College's Craneford Way playing field to be upgraded. All College facilities to have increased public use reflecting the Council's dual use policy. Access to the trunk and local road network will be addressed at the development control stage. RUT College/ Council/ developer
The following proposal for Whitton and Heathfield also affects Twickenham:
W12 A316 NEAR HOSPITAL BRIDGE ROAD EXTENSION TO FOOTBRIDGE To improve pedestrian facilities Highways Agency
The following proposal for Teddington and Hampton Wick also affects Twickenham
D13 FROM KINGSTON BRIDGE VIA BUSHY PARK, HAMPTON HILL, FULWELL GOLF COURSE AND CRANE PARK TOWARDS HOUNSLOW HEATH LONDON LOOP, OUTER ORBITAL WALKING ROUTE -SIGNS AND WAYMARKING To implement this Borough's section of the Outer London Walking Route by means of signs, interpretive panels and a leaflet, in conjunction with the London Walking Forum and adjoining boroughs Council, major land owners, sponsorship
   
 
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