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Policy Consultations by the London Mayor: draft new London Plan

London Mayor’s draft new London Plan

Update 28/02/2018

We have submitted comments from the Kew Society to the draft new London Plan. You can see our response here:

New London Plan Kew Society comments final letter

Broadly, though there is much in the new draft London Plan we support, we have major concerns over:

(i) the overemphasis on growth in the South-East rather than a wider look at sustainable growth across the UK as a  whole

(ii) the weakening of protection of our green spaces and Metropolitan Open Land, including for the river Thames,

(iii) the protection of the World Heritage status of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

(iv) the need to identify funding, particularly for the necessary infrastructure to support housing growth, and

(v) an erosion of localism with insufficient flexibility left to Boroughs to achieve agreed overall aims.

Update 05/12/2017

The Mayor is consulting on a new London Plan. You can see the consultation here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan/download-draft-london-plan-0

We are considering comments from the Kew Society and will post them here as soon as we have completed our review.

London’s Environment Strategy Consultation

Update 05/12/2017

We have commented on the London’s Mayor’s Environment Strategy consultation which includes proposals on improving air quality. You can see our response here: Kew Society response to London Mayor’s consultation on environment final

Consultation on closure of Sovereign Gate Police Station, Richmond

Update 19/09/2017

The Mayor’s Office is consulting on closures of police stations across the capital, including Sovereign Gate in Richmond where the neighbourhood team for Kew Ward, and 2  other adjacent Wards, is based. If closed, the team will be based in Twickenham. See the consultation here and have your say by 6 October: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/mopac-consultations/share-your-views-accessing-met

 

Citroen Garage Site Capital Interchange Way, Brentford

Citroen Garage site at Capital Interchange Way, Brentford (Hounslow Council ref P/2017/4692 and Richmond Council ref 17/4104/CON) Update 03/03/2018 The planning application was refused permission by Hounslow Council but has been called in by the London Mayor. The development is within a new “Opportunity Area” identified as having the capacity to accommodate at least 7,500Continue Reading

Kew Gardens Station Platforms planting

Gardening training opportunity Update 15/04/2018 Energy Garden who worked with us to create the planting at Kew Gardens Station have just launched their 2018 youth training programme, aimed at 16-19 year olds living near Energy Garden sites. You can see the details here: Energy Garden youth training 2018 This is a paid AQA-accredited programme in horticulture, renewable energy,Continue Reading

Policy Consultations by Transport for London: Ultra Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Zone changes

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Changes Update 09/04/2018 The London Mayor has published his new Transport Strategy for London which you can see here: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/mayors-transport-strategy-2018.pdf He has not extended the ULEZ boundary as we and others suggested he should – the boundary along the North and South circular roads is notContinue Reading

Heathrow – meetng with the Aviation Minister

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 18/04/2018 The Richmond Heathrow Campaign (RHC) were invited to meet Baroness Sugg, the Aviation Minister, with other groups to discuss our opposition to a third runway at Heathrow. We have followed up the meeting with a letter confirming the points we made and adding more background in support of our points.Continue Reading

Old Deer Park

Old Deer Park Update 31/03/2018 Richmond Council have published the finalised Supplementary Planning Document for the Old Deer Park. You can see the final version here: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/media/15524/old_deer_park_spd.pdf We are pleased to see our comments have been considered, including acknowledging that the community would like to see access between the Kew Road and the towpath through theContinue Reading

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