Category Archives: Planning

Old Deer Park Consultation

Richmond Council has launched a consultation on the future planning framework for the Old Deer Park in Richmond. The Richmond Society has participated in the Old Deer Park Working Group for more than five years, and will be submitting its response in January.

We encourage you to respond as well, or to feed back any comments to us via email at The deadline for responses is Monday 22nd January 2018.

The Draft Supplementary Planning Document that provides the starting point for the consultation can be found on the Richmond ‘Have your say’ website.

The original proposals for the Old Deer Park were published by Kim Wilkie on behalf of the Crown Estates in 1999. You can read a copy of this on our website here.

You can respond online via this Richmond ‘Have your say’ link.


Annual Awards 2017

Annual Awards 2017 logo. The Richmond Society’s Annual Awards for 2017 were presented on Thursday 21st September by our patron, Baroness van Dedem.  This was the 40th anniversary of the first Richmond Society awards in 1977.

Paul Martin, Chief Executive London Boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth was the guest of honour.

This year’s brass plaque was given for for the renovation and conversion to apartments of the Star and Garter.

Brass Plaque Award – Star & Garter:
Renovation and conversion to apartments

Annual Awards 2017: Star and Garter, Richmond.

London Square
Mark Lopeman
Mark Smith
PDP London
Simon Gazzard
London Square

Commendation – The Tap Tavern:
Transformation of the street façades

Annual Awards 2017: The Tap Tavern, Richmond.

Mr Sat Ghuman
Rosendale Design
Dale Atkinson
Thompsons Ltd
Joseph Thompson

Commendation – The Ivy Café:
Transformation of restaurant premises

Annual Awards 2017: The Ivy Café, Richmond.

Pegasus Group
Michael Spurgeon
Pump House Designs
Steve Fasey
We Make It Happen Design & Build
Lucy Potter
Laura Sadler
Alyssa Kirton

Commendation – Richmond War Memorial:
Cleaning and restoration

Annual Awards 2017: Richmond War Memorial.

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Michael Pike
Stonewest Ltd
Carl Nicholas
Toby Moore
Terry Watts

Commendation – Holbrook House:
Renovation of Garden

Annual Awards 2017: Holbrook House, Richmond.

Holbrook House Ltd
Robert Leigh
Robin Hart Design
Robin Hart


With many thanks to Helen Taylor for the photos.


Wendy Macaulay 1924-2017

Members of the Society and many others who have lived in and around Richmond since the 1950s and 1960s or longer were much saddened by news of the death of Wendy Macaulay at the end of June.

Wendy made a significant contribution to the Richmond Society across the years – as a founder member of the Society and as member of its Executive Committee from 1957 until 1964, when she stood down to have her fourth child – her place being taken by her friend Sheila Attenborough – and as a valued member and supporter through the years since, including serving as area-representative for Richmond Hill from 1970.

As a resident of Rosemont Road on Richmond Hill for some sixty years, Wendy was a well-known and highly regarded figure in Richmond and an effective campaigner for securing the best for the Town, its community and its amenity. Members of the Society who attended the celebration of the first sixty years of the Society in April will remember with pleasure Wendy’s fascinating recollections of the Town and the Society in its early days.

Perhaps Wendy’s greatest achievement locally was her co-founding The Friends of Richmond Park in 1961 and her active involvement and continuing support for the protection and conservation of the Park ‘for the benefit of public and future generations’. Right up to her recently leaving Rosemont Road and moving to a care-home overlooking her beloved Park, Wendy remained active in local affairs, supporting Liberal causes and the Richmond Good Neighbours scheme, as well as fulfilling her important role as mother of three daughters and one son and grandmother to nine grandchildren.

The Society and the wider Richmond community have much to thank Wendy for in her public service across the years.

Paul Velluet
Chairman, 1984-1988
27th July, 2017

Old Deer Park

The Old Deer Park Working Group (ODPG) consists of representatives of The Richmond Society, The Kew Society, The Friends of Richmond Green, The Friends of Old Deer Park and The St Margaret’s Estate Residents Association.

ODPG response to the Council’s Old Deer Park Supplementary Planning Consultation
(November 2016)

Report thumbnailIn October 2016 Richmond Council issued its Old Deer Park Supplementary Planning Document.   The Old Deer Park Working Group recently responded to this.

ODPG response to the Council’s Pre-Publication Consultation on the Local Plan
(August 2016)

Report thumbnailIn July 2016, Richmond Council issued out its Pre-Publication Consultation on the Local Plan. In its response, the Old Deer Park Working Group highlighted the absence of a draft Proposals Map, uncertainty whether the Old Deer Park has (or does not have) a Village Plan. It also reiterated the need for the Council to resolve the significant anomalies relating to the definition of the Old Deer Park’s boundaries as highlighted in its Boundary Definitions report of February 2013 (see above).

ODPG response to the Council’s Site Allocations Plan Pre-Publication consultation
(July 2014)

In June 2014, Richmond Council issued its Site Allocations Development Plan (Pre-Publication consultation on new additional sites).

Report thumbnailThe Old Deer Park Working Group responded, expressing concern that the Council had failed to address the adjustments that it had highlighted as being necessary in its November 2013 response. This failure went against the clear recognition of the case for adjustments in the definition of the relevant zoning boundaries expressed by the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Members, other Councillors and planning officers at useful and constructive meetings held at York House on the 22nd January and 24th February, 2014. The Group once again urged the Council to effect the necessary adjustments in the definition of the relevant zoning boundaries under the provisions of the Site Allocations Plan.

ODPG response to the Council’s Site Allocations Consultation (November 2013)

In October 2013, Richmond Council issued its Site Allocations Plan consultation, aimed at meeting “present and future needs for housing, employment, retail, transport, education, health, community facilities, sport and leisure, looking ahead over the next fifteen years”.

Report thumbnailThe Old Deer Park Working Group’s response to this reiterated the principles it had set out in its Boundary Definitions report (see above). The Group’s principal concern was that failure by the Council to remedy the designation anomalies that it had identified would leave the relevant areas of the Old Deer Park at significant risk of proposals for substantial built development damaging the integrity and distinctive character of the Park.

ODPG Boundary Definitions Proposal Proposal (February 2013)

Report thumbnailThe Group’s 2012 report raised concerns regarding significant anomalies regarding the definitions of a number of boundaries relating to the Old Deer Park shown in the Council’s Local Development Framework Proposals Map, Adopted November 2011. So in February 2013 the Group issued a further Boundary Definitions report recommending that the scope of future Old Deer Park plans include:
(1) the Pools on the Park, its grounds and car park
(2) the Old Deer Park car park and the land between that and the railway
(3) the carriageway and footways of the Twickenham Road.

ODPG Framework Proposal (June 2012)

Report thumbnailIn June 2012 the Group published the report: The Old Deer Park, Richmond – Re-connecting the Town to its local park – Realising an under-recognised parkland asset – A framework for conservation and enhancement.

The Group’s aim in publishing the report was to provide a positive contribution to discussion and debate in the context of the falling-in and renewal of all but two of the existing leases granted by the Crown Estate for the land comprising the Old Deer Park, Richmond.

Old Deer Park Richmond: The Crown Estate Strategy (Kim Wilkie, 1999)

Report thumbnailThe original proposals for the Old Deer Park were published by Kim Wilkie on behalf of the Crown Estates in 1999:
The Old Deer Park, Richmond – Re-connecting the Town to its local park – Realising an under-recognised parkland asset – A framework for conservation and enhancement.



Annual Awards 2016

Annual Awards 2016 logo.
The Richmond Society’s Annual Awards for 2016 were presented on Thursday 22nd September by our new patron, Baroness van Dedem, with Richmond’s Mayor, Councillor David Linnette, as the guest of honour.

This year’s brass plaque was given for the restoration of the Collcutt fountain at the top of Richmond Hill by the entrance to Richmond Park.

Collcutt Fountain restoration

Annual Awards 2016: Restoration of the Collcutt Function on Richmond Hill.

Borough of Richmond upon Thames
David Sharp,
Head of Construction & Maintenance

Consulting Architect
Donald Insall Associates
John Dangerfield, Associate Director

Paul Cleghorn Public Lighting Ltd
Paul Cleghorn, Proprietor

Grant giver
Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Civic Pride Fund
Councillor Pam Fleming
Richmond Civic Trust –
London Community Foundation
Sam Smallcombe, Programme & Monitoring Manager

Major funder
London Square
Mark Smith,
Development & Technical Director

The Richmond Society
Nicky Wood, Chair,
Landscaping & Riverside Committee

Awards were also given for the restoration of Dunstable House and of the Clerestory Windows in the Parish Church.

Restoration of Dunstable House on Sheen Road

Annual Awards 2016: Restoration of Dunstable House on Sheen Road.

Bencameron Ltd

M R Partnership Ltd
Christopher Watts, Director & Consultant Architect

Jaspar Management Ltd
Anish Patel


Restoration of the Clerestory Windows
in the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene

Annual Awards 2016: Restoration of the Clerestory Windows in the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene

Richmond Team Ministry
The Reverend Wilma Roest

Peter Bowyer, Parish Architect

Richard Murphy

Original Stained Glass & Glazing Company
Tyrone Russell

Honorable Mentions

The Richmond Society also commended the following developments:

  • The new Travelodge at 9 Paradise Road
  • Gail’s Bakery in Lichfield Court
  • Maintenance and enhancement of the Terrace Gardens


Planning Matters May 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015

The application for the Fanzone temporary construction beside the Polls on the Park is now in and a very large undertaking it is.

Having regard to the some 15,000 visitors which the Fanzone is anticipated to receive, at any one time, we have been taking considerable interest in the conditions relating to the dismantling of those structures and the restoration of the land taken by the site, both as to timetable and landscaping.

The wear on this part of the Old Deer Park cannot but be massive given the timetable and numbers and it is instructive to note that, as yet no operator has been contracted to manage the site.

Deer Park School, London House

The speed and size of demographic growth in the school age population appears to have taken forecasters by surprise. The result has been a rush to provide much needed scholastic space in a borough not known for either the availability of large, compatible sites nor for their cheapness.

The current proposal, on the Red Route of the A316, has brought vociferous opposition not only from immediate neighbours but also from residents of East Twickenham where, it is felt, the demand truly lies

We await submission of the planning application before commenting on this proposal.

Contemporary Architecture

The Development Management Plan of 2011 introduced a demand for future projects to fit in with the architecture of their surroundings. The phraseology was that they should “take architectural clues” from neighbouring buildings.

Whilst we have no hesitation in agreeing that such a policy has its merits, and indeed we have given a Brass Plaque Award, under the annual awards scheme, to property in Montague Road which admirably fits just that criterion, we feel that the policy has been too narrowly defined and the result has been an almost complete exclusion of consents being issued for contemporary architecture.

Our reasoning is that the quality of build is as important as that of design and that when the two are combined then contemporary styles have a significant place in the townscape which, if excluded, serve to impoverish the legacy which current policy will leave to future generations and we have made vigourous representations to the council to that effect.

Richmond Council staff sharing proposal

Richmond and Wandsworth councils have announced proposals for the creation of a shared staffing arrangement.  Details are in a press release issued on Friday 23 January.  The proposals will be considered at future meetings.

Under the proposals, the two councils would continue to be separate bodies with their own elected councillors, cabinets and leaders, retaining the ability to develop policies and priorities appropriate to their local residents.  Initially the focus would be on merging management structures, starting from the top by having just one Chief Executive and one Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Resources to cover both council areas.

Commenting on the proposals, Professor Ian Bruce, chairman of the Richmond Society, said:
“It is vital that the planned sharing does not reduce the focus on our respective boroughs. People in Richmond expect their Council to concentrate on the locality and its unique needs.”


Annual Awards 2014

On Thursday 25th September we were pleased to present our 2014 Annual Awards to the people behind the best developments in Richmond over the past year.  After a tribute from our patron Bamber Gascoigne to his fellow patron the late Richard Attenborough, Charles Pineles reviewed many of the changes that have taken place in Richmond over the last year.

14 Water LaneAwards were presented by Bamber Gascoigne and the Mayor, Councillor Jane Boulton, who are pictured here with our chairman Ian Bruce and the winners of this year’s brass plaque award: Sam Hanna with representatives from 3W Architecture and Affleck Property Services. The winning development was the three new houses in Water Lane, Richmond.


Brass Plaque Award

Richmond Society Award Plaque
Water Lane 1The winning development was three cottages in a difficult infill site on Water Lane.
The design takes careful architectural clues from neighbouring late nineteenth century commercial building resulting in a sensitive scheme which sits well in the townscape. It provides three residences of an affordable nature, thereby uniting the best of design, build quality and amenity.



Whole Foods1-5 Lower George St
(Whole Foods Building)

Replacement of 1960s System build, concrete, Woolworths building with high grade brick and reconstructed stone four storey building comprising shops with offices over.

Mary Magdalene windows 003Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene
Cleaning down to bare metal of 19th century wrought iron metal window frames and replacement of opaque glass with clear but multi faceted glass yielding a particular warm and dappled effect to the interior with much improved illumination of the church in general.

St MatthiasSt Matthias Church
Reinstatement of West porch details worn away over past 100 years, in Bath stone. Addition of two highly decorative and contemporary sculptures and restoration of much worn out stonework.

7 Old Palace Lane7 Old Palace Lane
Cleaning white paint from front façade, re-pointing brickwork, reduction in hard-standing of front parking area to open basement to light and ventilation and installation of wrought iron railings at rear thus returning the entire terrace, of which the house made a significant, part to its homogeneity.

4 Spring Terrace4 Spring Terrace
Modern infill, set back to side of 1830s front façade. Design and build quality being of the highest order. Sensitive use of material and bonding matching proportions of original building.



Previous years’ winners can be seen on our Awards page.


Planning Matters May 2014


It was the proposal to place concrete lampposts to replace cast iron gas lights round Richmond Green that caused the civic movement leading to the formation of the Richmond Society.

The erection of a blue disc traffic sign on a lamp post by the Old Palace Gatehouse recently drew our attention to a number of replacements of our simple designed posts, known as Revos. Further investigation has shown a plethora of differing designs, known as Oxfords, Cambridges and even New Designs.  This has disrupted the homogeneity of lighting around The Green.

We have now visited The Green with professional officers with a view to formulating a policy of replacing obsolete posts with a single design, whilst incorporating the English Heritage policy of ‘Save our Streets’ in ridding the area of superfluous signage clutter.

St Helena Terrace boat houses

Application for change of use of one of the boat houses along St Helena Terrace resulted in our sounding out as wide a section of the membership as we could prior to making our representations to the council. This is potentially an important step in the development of an historic area of listed buildings.  It could lead to their being converted to uses that would banalise an historic corner which so far has managed to retain its own very special character.

Star & Garter

The full application is now in and a decision is expected in September 2014.

Ancaster House May 2014
Ancaster House

Phase II of the same project is the development of the old Commandant’s lodgings at Ancaster House, opposite the home. It is proposed to retain the division of the existing building into three discrete houses, build a fourth in the gardens beside the Park, and add an additional three Town Houses along the Queen’s Road wall.

We are awaiting formal submission of the application before lodging our comments although we have had discussions on certain aspects of the subject with the developers.