The new square is major part of a two stage 1m investment programme announced by Richmond Council in 2012 to improve Hampton North, making it more attractive for local people and encouraging new services and businesses into the area.
The new Village Square comes on the back of a pilot project which saw an open space created around the Old White House with new picnic benches and play equipment installed. The recycling facilities in the car park were also moved to a more suitable location.
The second stage of the project will involved the creation of a new public square next to Sainsbury's, the Tangley Park Family Centre, the Hampton Youth Project and the White House Community.
It's hoped that this square will provide a vibrant community space with links to local shops, youth and community facilities. The square also provides the potential for a range of activities to be hosted there, including markets and musical, dance and entertainment performances.
Residents can now have their say on design proposals for the site, including new flower beds, grassed areas, new paving stones, fountains, cycle racks and new trees.
Cllr Virginia Morris, Strategic Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning on Richmond Council, said: “Our vision for Hampton North is to work with local people and businesses to invigorate this corner of our borough by creating a focal point for the community.
“We want to establish a ‘Hampton Square’ that connects different parts of the area. Through our All in One survey and local consultation, residents told us they want a scheme that will help rejuvenate local businesses and encourage shops, local pubs, cafes and restaurants. The plan is to create a contemporary but classic neutral space with a range of facilities and historical references to farming.
“By turning this underused area into a bustling economically viable village square we hope to breathe new life into this area of Hampton and make it one in which residents will be proud of living.”
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