Planning Policy

The Planning Policy Team is responsible for preparing, monitoring, advising on and reviewing planning policy in the Vale.

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The Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (February 2020) (2.7 MB) PDF  sets out our current work programme for the Vale of White Horse Local Plan and supporting documents.

Please note that planning policy relating to minerals and waste matters is the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council.


Planning Policy Bulletins

Planning Policy Bulletins provide a brief outline of the work we will be doing over the coming months.

·       January 2020 Bulletin (1.6 MB) PDF

·       February 2019 Bulletin Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website...

·       August 2018 Bulletin Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website...

·       February 2018 Bulletin Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website...

Bulletins prior to 2018 can be found here.


Additional Information 

Adopted Policies Map

In February 2019 we agreed to make a factual correction to the Adopted Policies Map for the Local Plan 2031 Part 1, relating to the boundary of the Green Belt at North Hinksey Village. The decision to amend the correction was challenged at the High Court. The challenge was dismissed by the High Court, which means that, where appropriate, we can correct errors on an adopted policies map without having to resort to the development plan process.

The judgement can be found at: www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2019/3080.html 

Notable Correspondence

Notable correspondence between the Leader and Deputy Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council with the Secretary of State, MHCLG, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council and Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council can be found here.

    Last reviewed: 16 - 04 - 2020

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