• Appendix 2: Extracts from the London Plan and LBRuT Core Strategy

London Plan 2011

Policy 7.27 Blue Ribbon Network: Supporting Infrastructure

and Recreational Use

Planning decisions

A Development proposals should enhance the use of the Blue Ribbon

Network, in particular proposals:

– a that result in the loss of existing facilities for waterborne sport and

leisure should be refused, unless suitable replacement facilities are


– b should protect and improve existing access points to (including from

land into water such as slipways and steps) or alongside the Blue

Ribbon Network (including paths). New access infrastructure into

and alongside the Blue Ribbon Network will be sought.

– c should protect waterway support infrastructure such as boatyards,

moorings, jetties and safety equipment etc. New infrastructure to

support water dependent uses will be sought. New mooring facilities

should normally be off line from main navigation routes, i.e. in

basins or docks

Policy 17 Metropolitan Open Land


A The Mayor strongly supports the current extent of Metropolitan Open

Land (MOL), its extension in appropriate circumstances and its

protection from development having an adverse impact on the

openness of MOL.

Planning decisions

B The strongest protection should be given to London’s Metropolitan

Open Land and inappropriate development refused, except in very

special circumstances, giving the same level of protection as in the

Green Belt. Essential ancillary facilities for appropriate uses will only be

acceptable where they maintain the openness of MOL.


LBRuT Core Strategy adopted April 2009

6 The Spatial Strategy

6.0.1 The spatial strategy reinforces Richmond’s role as an outer London Borough

with a high quality urban and historic environment and open landscape, and as a

sport and tourist destination. The overarching principles are to achieve a high level of

sustainability in the borough, maintain and enhance our open space and our heritage

and conservation areas, and ensuring all communities have access to appropriate

housing, employment opportunities, services and facilities. The Spatial Strategy is

supported by the Core Policies set out in section 8.

8.2.4 CP10 Open Land and Parks

The open environment will be protected and enhanced. In particular: 10.A The

Borough’s green belt, metropolitan open land and other open land of townscape

importance, World Heritage Site (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), land on the Register

of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest, green chains and green corridors

will be safeguarded

8.2.5 CP11 River Thames Corridor

11.A The natural and built environment and the unique historic landscape of the

River Thames corridor within the Borough will be protected and enhanced, and the

special character of the different reaches identified in the Thames Strategy and the

Thames Landscape Strategy respected

11.B River related industries will be protected, and encouraged.

8.2.1 CP7 Maintaining and Improving the Local Environment

7.A Existing buildings and areas in the Borough of recognised high quality and

historic interest will be protected from inappropriate development and enhanced

sensitively, and opportunities will be taken to improve areas of poorer environmental

quality, including within the areas of relative disadvantage of Castlenau, Ham,

Hampton Nurserylands, Heathfield and Mortlake.

7.B All new development should recognise distinctive local character and contribute

to creating places of a high architectural and urban design quality that are well used

and valued. Proposals will have to illustrate that they:

(i) are based on an analysis and understanding of the Borough’s

development patterns, features and views, public transport accessibility

and maintaining appropriate levels of amenity;

(ii) connect positively with their surroundings to create safe and inclusive

places through the use of good design principles including layout, form,

scale, materials, natural surveillance and orientation, and sustainable


8.1.4 CP4 Biodiversity

4.A The Borough’s biodiversity including the SSSIs and Other Sites of Nature

Importance will be safeguarded and enhanced. Biodiversity enhancements will be

encouraged particularly in areas of deficiency (parts of Whitton, Hampton,

Teddington, Twickenham and South Kew), in areas of new development and along

wildlife corridors and green chains such as the River Thames and River Crane


4.B Weighted priority in terms of their importance will be afforded to protected

species and priority species and habitats in the UK, Regional and Richmond upon

Thames Biodiversity Action Plans


Extracts from the Development Management Plan adopted November 2011

Policy DM OS 2 Metropolitan Open Land

The borough’s Metropolitan Open Land will be protected and retained in

predominately open use. Appropriate uses include public and private open spaces

and playing fields, open recreation and sport, biodiversity including rivers and bodies

of water and open community uses including allotments and cemeteries.

It will be recognised that there may be exceptional cases where appropriate

development such as small scale structures is acceptable, but only if it:

1. Does not harm the character and openness of the metropolitan open land;


2. Is linked to the functional use of the Metropolitan Open Land or supports

outdoor open space uses; or

3. Is for essential utility infrastructure and facilities, for which it needs to be

demonstrated that no alternative locations are available and that they do not

have any adverse impacts on the character and openness of the metropolitan

open land. Improvement and enhancement of the openness and character of

the Metropolitan Open Land and measures to reduce visual impacts will be

encouraged where appropriate. When considering developments on sites

outside Metropolitan Open Land, any possible visual impacts on the character

and openness of the Metropolitan Open Land will be taken into account.

Policy DM OS 11 Thames Policy Area

The special character of the Thames Policy Area (TPA), as identified on the

Proposals Map, will be protected and enhanced by:

1. ensuring development protects the individuality and character, including the

views and vistas, of the river and the identified individual reaches;

2. discouraging land infill and development which encroaches into the river and

its foreshore other than in exceptional circumstances, which may include

where necessary for the construction of river dependent structures such as

bridges, tunnels, jetties, piers, slipways etc.;

3. ensuring development establishes a relationship with the river and takes full

advantage of its location, addressing the river as a frontage, opening up

views and access to it and taking account of the changed perspective with


4. encouraging development which includes a mixture of uses, including uses

which enable the public to enjoy the riverside, especially at ground level in

buildings fronting the river;

5. protecting and promoting the history and heritage of the river, including

landscape features, historic buildings, important structures and

archaeological resources associated with the river and ensuring new

development incorporates existing features;

6. protecting and improving existing access points to the River Thames, its

foreshore and Thames Path, including paths, cycle routes, facilities for

launching boats, slipways, stairs etc. and encouraging opening up existing

access points to the public, both for pedestrians and boats;

7. requiring public access as part of new developments alongside and to the

River Thames, including for pedestrians, boats and cyclists, where


8. increasing access to and awareness of the river including from the town


Policy DM OS 12 Riverside Uses

Existing river-dependent and river-related uses that contribute to the special

character of the River Thames, including river-related industry (B2) and locally

important wharves, boat building sheds and boatyards and other riverside facilities

such as slipways, docks, jetties, piers and stairs will be protected and enhanced by:

1 ensuring development on sites along the river is functionally related to the

river and includes river-dependent or river-related uses where possible,

including gardens which are designed to embrace and enhance the river, and

to be sensitive to its ecology;

2 requiring an assessment of the effect of the proposed development on any

existing river-dependent uses or riverside gardens on the site and their

associated facilities on- and off-site; or requiring an assessment of the

potential of the site for river-dependent uses and facilities if there are none


3 ensuring that residential uses within mixed use schemes along the river are

compatible with the operation of the established river-related and riverdependent


4 ensuring that new riverside development incorporates existing river features

and takes into account the changing perspective with tides, flood risk, climate

change, biodiversity and navigation;

5 encouraging setting back development from river banks and existing flood

defences along the River Thames, where practicable.

Policy DM OS 13 Moorings and Floating Structures

Existing houseboats, moorings and other floating structures are an established part

of the river scene and will be protected. The River Thames is designated

Metropolitan Open Land and the character and openness of the River Thames will be

safeguarded from inappropriate uses.

Proposals for new houseboats including extensions to existing houseboats, moorings

and other floating structures will only be permitted if they are appropriate

developments compliant with Metropolitan Open Land policy. There may be

exceptional cases where development is acceptable but only:

1 if it does not harm the character, openness and views of the river, by virtue of

its design and height;

2 if the proposed use is river-dependent;

3 if it is a replacement of existing facilities;

4 if there is no interference with the recreational use of the river, riverside and


5 if there is adequate provision of land based infrastructure and support

facilities; and,

6 if the proposal is of wider benefits to the community.

Policy DM HD 1 Conservation Areas – designation, protection and


The Council will continue to protect areas of special significance by designating

Conservation Areas and extensions to existing Conservation Areas using the criteria

as set out in PPS 5 and as advised by English Heritage. The Council will prepare a

Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for each Conservation area,

these will be used as a basis when determining proposals within or where it would

affect the setting of, Conservation Areas together with other policy guidance.

Buildings or parts of buildings, street furniture, trees and other features which make a

positive contribution to the character, appearance or significance of the area should

be retained. New development (or redevelopment) or other proposals should

conserve and enhance the character and appearance of the area.

Policy DM OS 4 Historic Parks, Gardens and Landscapes

Parks and gardens as well as landscapes of special historic interest included in the

Register compiled by English Heritage and other historic parks, gardens and

landscapes referred to in para 4.1.11 below, will be protected and enhanced.

Proposals which have an adverse effect on the settings, views, and vistas to and

from historic parks and gardens, will not be permitted.

4.1.11 Richmond borough has currently 14 open spaces on the English Heritage

register of historic parks and gardens, including Richmond Park, Bushy Park,

Hampton Court Park, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (including Old Deer Park), Ham

House, Marble Hill House, Strawberry Hill, Hampton Court House, Richmond Terrace

Walk, Pope’s Garden, York House Gardens, Terrace Gardens and Buccleugh

Gardens (Richmond Hill) and Teddington Cemetery. These areas are shown on the

Proposals Map but there are also other areas which could be included on the

Register and which merit protection and enhancement, including the following: Kew

Green, Orleans Gardens, Radnor Gardens and Richmond Green.

Policy DM SD 6 Flood Risk

Development will be guided to areas of lower risk by applying the Sequential Test as

set out in paragraph 3.1.35. Unacceptable developments and land uses will be

restricted in line with PPS25 and as outlined below. Developments and Flood Risk

Assessments must consider all sources of flooding and the likely impacts of climate

change. Where a Flood Risk Assessment is required and in addition to the

Environment Agency’s normal floodplain compensation requirement, attenuation

areas to alleviate fluvial and/or surface water flooding must be considered where

there is an opportunity. The onus is on the applicant/developer for proposals on sites

of 10 dwellings or 1000sqm of non-residential development or more to provide

evidence and justification if attenuation areas cannot be used. In areas at risk of

flooding, all proposals on sites of 10 dwellings or 1000sqm of non-residential

development or more are required to submit a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan.



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