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What do you love about your area? The Council wants to hear from you!

27 May 2021

Richmond upon Thames residents can now have their say about what makes their local areas special and what is most important to them, now and for the future. 

People are being asked to share their thoughts as the Council works to ensure that local planning will support the strong communities that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, by responding to specific local needs and respecting the uniqueness of the borough.

Richmond Council is carrying out an Urban Design Study to better understand the characteristics that people value about the different areas of the borough, including building types, heritage, open space and land use. The results will be published and will feed into the borough’s next Local Plan, which itself will be published later this year for public consultation.

The Local Plan informs all planning decisions and sets out the vision for Richmond upon Thames. Its purpose is to ensure that any new development, or plans for growth in the borough, benefit local people; provide the jobs, opportunities, homes, public spaces, shops, services, culture, leisure and educational facilities that they need, whilst preserving our unique heritage and green spaces.

Residents, along with others who work in the borough, or who visit for social and leisure activities, are now being asked to think about their experiences of living, studying, working and socialising in their local areas. They will be asked to share how important various qualities are to them, such as green space, heritage, a sense of community, culture and leisure, retail and hospitality, facilities, cleanliness, sustainability and safety.

Councillor Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee, said:

“Richmond upon Thames is a unique borough, sitting on both sides of the Thames. It is home to London’s biggest park and the headquarters of England Rugby, and it is famous for its heritage and its ecological attractions.

“However, a great place is not measured just by its physical attributes – it must successfully serve its communities. This is why it is important that people get involved as the Council develops its Local Plan - we want to hear from as many of you as possible.

“At this particular stage we are asking people to let us know what gives their local area its character, what they believe is vital to maintain and what could be improved. This will help us ensure that new developments support the vision that local people have for their borough.”

The survey closes on Sunday 6 June.

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Updated: 27 May 2021