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In 2011 London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, in consultation with local residents, adopted a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Stag Brewery site, providing guidance for any proposals brought forward on the site. The SPD vision proposes a mixed-use scheme that will create a new village heart for Mortlake, with new amenities and public spaces that will benefit the local community. Richmond’s Local Plan (adopted 2018 and 2020) allocated the site for comprehensive regeneration, including housing and an on-site new 6-form entry secondary school.
The Stag Brewery regeneration masterplan is based on the SPD, as well as the aspirations set out in the Richmond Local Plan and the London Plan and draws on local context and the key historic buildings. It creates an appropriate development that respects the ambition of the SPD and goes further in creating a vibrant and sustainable new centre for the local community of Mortlake. The masterplan proposes a range of uses across the site including residential, retail, office, community, recreational and educational, as well as many new active open and green public spaces.

Following extensive community consultation throughout 2016-2018, the statutory consultation undertaken in 2018-2019, 2020 and 2021, and in response to ongoing conversations with both London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and the Greater London Authority (GLA), the proposal for the regeneration of the Stag Brewery has continued to evolve. 

Though a number of changes were made as a result of the GLA call-in process, the amended scheme, which is a hybrid of the ‘GLA’ and LBRuT approved designs, continues to provide many of the original community benefits, including:
  • New publicly accessible, local facilities including cinema, hotel, community facilities including a boat house, shops and restaurants
  • A new secondary school for approx. 1,200 students
  • Access to the Thames River and a Towpath that will be available to the public 24/7, as well as new public routes throughout the development
  • Just under 4 hectares of public amenity space (3.93 Ha) excluding the towpath
  • 16,854 sqm play-space across the scheme and school
  • Provision of 2,330 long stay and 284 short stay cycle parking spaces across the development
  • The preservation and retention of heritage buildings across the site
  • Around 400 new trees to be planted across the site
Although the following further work proved abortive, it should be noted that between August 2020 and March 2021, further revisions were made to the scheme resulting from the GLA call-in process and additional recommendations from the Mayor, including: 
  • Increase in residential unit provision from 813 units to 1,250 units
  • Increase in affordable housing provision from 17% to 30%
  • Reduction in car parking spaces by 186 spaces
  • Removal of nursing home and assisted living proposals
  • Changes to the internal layout and external form of various buildings
Additional documents were also submitted, including:
  • Revised design code
  • Revised drawings
  • Revised Environmental Statement
  • Circular Economy Statement
  • Whole Life Carbon Assessment
  • Technical notes detailing the transport impacts resulting from the closure of Hammersmith Bridge
These proposals and additional documents were presented to the Mayor at the GLA Public Hearing on 27 July 2021. Following the hearing, the Mayor refused to resolve planning permission. 

In response to the reasons for refusal (available here) the project team has been hard at work refining the amended proposals, directly responding to issues raised by the Mayor. These include:
  • Buildings heights reviewed and adjusted to respect sensitive heritage assets in and surrounding the site
  • Blocks 20 and 21 reconfigured and reduced in height
  • Energy strategy revised to comply with recently adopted planning policy
Please see the 2022 Update on the Home Page for further information on the current proposals and the two planning applications that have been submitted.