During December 2013 and January 2014 RHP, Richmond Council and The Prince’s Foundation carried out a consultation with local residents, stakeholders and RHP customers, to consider the future of Ham Close. They produced a report which highlighted five key principles on which any future vision for the area should be based.
Remaining in the Community: Any resident of Ham Close wishing to remain in the community should be able to do so.
Retain and enhance green space: Green space is a key asset to the area, and improvements should be made to enhance its setting and character, and to reduce the perception of anti-social behaviour.
Create a heart to Ham Close and Ham, retain and support a village feel: Community members value the village setting of Ham Close, but many feel it lacks a centre or ‘heart’. Redevelopment could provide a centre for Ham Close and Ham, as well as help retain and improve its village feel.
Better integrate Ham Close: The buildings in Ham Close are seen as disconnected from Ham’s village setting. An improved layout could better integrate the estate into the wider community.
Improve community facilities: Community facilities could be improved, for instance by co-locating the youth centre, clinic and library.
In the work that has followed, these five key principles have remained albeit that we longer propose co-locating the youth centre with the clinic and library, both of which now sit outside of the site for regeneration.
RHP and Richmond Council have committed that public consultation and engagement will be at the heart of any future regeneration. Please see the proposal web page to see both the latest and previous proposals for Ham Close.