Consultation document

Theme 3: ensuring health and wellbeing for all

Our Local Plan must seek to create environments that promote and support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our residents and those that work and visit the borough. Alongside this, the plan must ensure the delivery of social and community facilities that contribute to and support our health and wellbeing and are needed to accommodate growth.

Design and the interaction between the built and the natural environment plays a key role in promoting and supporting our health and wellbeing. Therefore, good design is not just about the appearance, functionality and performance of a building. It is also about the quality of the spaces between buildings, how they interact with one another, the materials used, the green infrastructure, the street furniture and public realm. Good design has the ability to make safer and more secure places, reinforce a sense of community and local identity and help encourage healthier and more active lifestyles.

As well as designing environments that promote active and healthy lifestyles, the Local Plan must seek to deliver new homes that provide residents with real housing choice and security. It is important that we create places and homes that provide residents with a sense of independence and belonging to a community, all of which influence our health, this is especially important for our older and vulnerable residents.

Our historic environment and heritage provide a cultural reference to the past and have an important role in place-making and supporting health and wellbeing. They also provide economic benefits as they bring visitors and provide jobs. The Local Plan must ensure we support and make the most of these valued assets and carefully balance the need to protect our historic environment with the need to deliver growth.


View of the River Thames and Hampton Court Palace



As well as the desire to see homes that meet local need in the borough, the quality of design and high-quality living environments were also important to our residents. Previously you told us that new development should not be at the expense of the character of an area but should be of good design which is complementary to the special features and distinctiveness of each area in the borough. Many of you told us that they could support innovative and higher density development if sensitively designed.

To seek to ensure health and wellbeing for all, we are considering the following policy directions:

Excellently designed development and spaces

  • Pro-actively create sustainable, excellently-designed places and multi-functional spaces that respond to their context, environment, local history, culture and heritage and integrate with their surroundings through use of best practice and industry standards on design.
  • Protecting and enhancing the borough's historic and cultural assets including Ancient and Veteran Trees and the borough's strategic views. Ensuring that new development respects these assets and their settings.
  • Explore the introduction of local design guidance and / or design codes for particular sites or areas to assist in proposals according with good design practice.
  • Encourage the provision of well-designed and well-maintained public spaces which can be enjoyed by communities and visitors and has a positive effect on climate change adaptation, flood risk, the environment and wildlife.
  • Promoting new developments that are visually attractive and positively contribute to residents' health and wellbeing and which support social inclusion and provide a sense of community cohesion.
  • Ensuring that buildings and public spaces are accessible for everyone. Incorporating lifetime home standards, wheelchair accessibility guidance and exploring targets for accessible and adaptable buildings as set out in part M of the Building Regulations.


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Quality homes for all

  • Optimise opportunities to increase the supply of new homes.
  • To continue to support and maximise the delivery of affordable homes, including contributions from small housing sites (of less than 10 homes).
  • Encourage a range of housing and supporting a mixture of housing tenures and unit sizes to deliver the homes needed locally.
  • Ensure delivery of housing and care for our older residents to meet their needs and support independent living.
  • Delivering high quality homes for all and places that provides choice to existing and future residents' by responding to evolving lifestyles and meeting their needs over the course of their life-time and changing circumstances.
  • Ensuring new homes are designed to have adequate space internally and externally for storage, activities, parking and be adaptable to different occupiers needs during their lifetime.
  • Ensuring private amenity space for every home.


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Connectivity, movement and parking

  • Promoting inclusion of facilities and infrastructure for home office working within residential developments to support home working.
  • Promoting active living environments and ensuring that new development delivers opportunities to reduce reliance upon the car and promote walking and cycling especially for local destinations.
  • Incorporation of minimum car and cycle parking standards for new development that respond to the accessibility of the location and the local parking demand.
  • Promotion of car club schemes for residents and businesses to reduce car ownership and private parking.

Social and community infrastructure

  • Ensuring that growth in population and new homes are supported by the necessary social and community infrastructure.
  • Allocate sites for infrastructure, such as new schools, as needed in the plan period.
  • Safeguarding existing social and community infrastructure including education and health facilities.
  • Support the co-location of social and community facilities in town and local centres.
  • Encouraging the inclusion of new social and community facilities as part of residential or other mixed-use schemes.


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