Building Resilient, Balanced Town Centres : a successful case study

Twickenham Area Action Plan

Location: Twickenham

The London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames adopted the Twickenham Area Action Plan in July 2013. The Action Plan now forms part of the Richmond Local Plan and sets out an overall strategy for the future of Twickenham town centre. The Plan covers the period up to 2027 and contains proposals that will significantly change the centre in favour of those who wish to enjoy the town for shopping and leisure in its own right, rather than a place to just to pass through is vital to the promotion of a prosperous local economy and investment. It focuses on creating a strong employment location, district retail centre, visitor and tourist destination and centre for sports, leisure arts and cultural activities as well as a more diverse evening economy.

The Action Plan sets out proposals for several key sites in the town and to improve the public realm as well as proposals to improve and extend areas of green space and riverside. In light of the communities concerns about the impact of through traffic –comprehensive changes to the highway and street scene are proposed, to reduce traffic speeds, widen pavements, replace surfaces and street furniture with high quality materials and improve the overall environment.