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Have your say on protecting the borough’s special views

29 July 2022

Share your thoughts on the local views that form an intrinsic part of the borough’s landscape, from the well-known views from Richmond Hill to those around our rivers and local landmarks.

As part of the development of the new Local Plan, Richmond Council is inviting individuals and businesses to share their feedback on a new Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), relating to the borough’s iconic views. The draft Local Views Supplementary Planning Document (Local Views SPD) sets out all the important views across the borough that the Council is seeking to protect, in relation to the impact of development and planning applications.

Some of the borough's unique and distinctive views are already protected, including the view across the land on and below Richmond Hill, which is protected by Act of Parliament. In addition to detailing views which already have protection, the Local Views SPD will outline new important views that the Council would like to define to ensure they are not adversely affected by any new development.

An Urban Design Study helped recommend whether existing views should be amended, and whether there are any new views that merit protection.

The draft Local Views SPD identifies each view with a photo and map locating the view, as well as a detailed description. It is intended to be used by applicants when preparing planning applications to ensure the relevant view is protected.

You are invited to have your say on the views presented in the document. Your feedback will be used to assess whether any additional local views need to be included in the document. You have until 5 September 2022 to read the document and to share your views.

The draft Local Views SPD is available to view online. It is a long document and so is supported by an index that lists all the views and a boroughwide map of all the views.

You can complete your response online, or by downloading the form to return via email to localplan@richmond.gov.uk or by post to Spatial Planning and Design, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ.

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, said: 

“We are lucky to live in a borough with many wonderful views. We want to ensure these views are protected as we move forwards with the new Local Plan, which when finalised, will outline how areas of the borough can change whilst maintaining their special character. The draft Local Views SPD will be used by planning applicants and officers to guide development proposals. Please take the time to read the document and ensure your voice is heard in the future development of Richmond upon Thames.”

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Updated: 29 July 2022

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