Kew Retail Park has been allocated in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames draft Local Plan for comprehensive residential-led, mixed-use development.
In June 2022, the local community was invited to the Kew Retail Park Community Planning Weekend at The National Archives to share local knowledge and help shape a new Vision for the site through facilitated workshops, walkabouts and hands-on planning groups.
We want the development to make a positive contribution to the existing community as well as the new community who move into the apartments.
Planning Weekend participant
The resultant Vision for Kew Retail Park was reported back to the local community on Tuesday 5 July 2022. The summary Vision broadsheet can be viewed here and the full presentation can be viewed here in two parts: Part 1 Community Engagement and Part 2 Vision for Kew Retail Park.
Artist’s impression of a new vibrant public space with new M&S store, retail and other uses
The ideas to emerge at the Community Planning Weekend include: a new, mixed use neighbourhood connecting with surrounding residential communities and providing a new community “heart” and green spaces; a new M&S store, retail and other uses set around vibrant public space; a mix of high quality, energy efficient homes, including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom affordable and for sale apartments on tree-lined streets; an attractive green and bio-diverse open space running north/south adjacent to Kew Meadow Path and fronted by active uses and housing; new pedestrian and cycle routes through the site and a car club serving local residents, and; leisure and community spaces and play areas to serve new and existing residents of all ages.
It should be a lively place, somewhere to meet friends and new people!
Young person, Power Station Youth Club
Artist’s impression of new community space fronting Kew Meadow Gardens
Community Planning Weekend
The Community Planning Weekend was organised by architects JTP, on behalf of site owners St George and Marks & Spencer, and was a chance to share local knowledge and contribute to creating a new Vision through facilitated workshops and hands-on planning groups on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2022 at The National Archives.
Participation was on a drop-in basis with no need to pre-register – people could stay for a short while, a few hours or the whole event. JTP team members were on hand to answer any questions.
Community Planning Weekend hands-on planning workshops
In the run up to the Community Planning Weekend, people gave their initial views about the Kew Retail Park site and its relationship with the neighbouring areas via the Create Communities interactive map. The deadline for views has now passed but you can see the comments people posted on the map here.
Create Communities interactive map
Report Back Presentation
Following the public workshop days, the JTP-led team analysed and summarised the outcomes to draw up a Vision for Kew Retail Park, including an illustrative Vision masterplan which was presented back to the local community on the evening of Tuesday 5 July at The National Archives.
Artist’s impression of community allotments
The design team will develop the proposals with the council and the community through an ongoing engagement process in advance of a planning application. After the planning application has been determined, on-site work will begin with a phased construction programme of around ten years. M&S will trade continuously throughout this time.
Kew Retail Park is an important site in Kew and is jointly owned by St George and Marks & Spencer. The site has been allocated in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames draft Local Plan for comprehensive residential-led, mixed-use development. The redevelopment of the retail park provides an opportunity to bring forward high-quality new homes, replacement retail, and local amenities, as well as improved public realm and connections through the site.
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