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March 17, 2023

Council’s decision to reject Grove development backed by government

The national Planning Inspectorate has found Vale of White Horse District Council was correct to refuse a planning application for 300 new houses near Grove and has dismissed an appeal to overturn its decision. The application from David Wilson Homes, which proposed up to 300 dwellings on land east of Grove, was refused by the […]

March 16, 2023

Funding to give nature reserve a new ‘leaf of life’

Tuckmill Nature Reserve is set for a refresh with a £76,600 funding boost to support local volunteers and help maintain and enhance the reserve’s biodiversity. Vale of White Horse District Council secured the funding from a housing development in Shrivenham, through what’s known as Section 106 Contributions, and will be used to support local volunteer […]

Ukraine flag colours

February 23, 2023

Leader’s Statement – Anniversary of Ukraine invasion

Cllr Bethia Thomas, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, has issued a statement on the war in Ukraine: “This Friday 24 February marks one year since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Our hearts go out to people who have had their lives overturned by this devastating and illegal war and reaffirm […]

February 8, 2023

Hundreds use new website to help shape districts’ future

A new interactive website helped ensure communities had their say on the future of South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse. The website was created by the two district councils to ask people their thoughts on their Joint Local Plan. The plan will help guide the councils when deciding on new housing and jobs […]

Historic buildings in Stanford in the Vale

January 20, 2023

Have your say on conservation area updates 

Two local conservation areas are being reviewed and we need your help to best understand, protect and enhance them.  The Vale of White Horse District Council is undertaking conservation area assessments in Drayton and Stanford in the Vale and are inviting residents to provide feedback on proposed changes over the next two months.  Conservation areas are […]

December 23, 2022

Vale Cabinet approves changes to car park permits 

Car parking permit fees in the Vale of White Horse District are likely to increase slightly, following a decision at a recent Cabinet meeting to raise permit costs by ten per cent, in line with inflation levels.  From April 2023, monthly permits to district council car parks will increase by £7 on average, with annual […]

December 23, 2022

Council will tackle food poverty and promote sustainable local production

Taking action on food poverty and making good food available for all will be at the heart of work by Vale of the White Horse District Council to help realise the vision of Oxfordshire’s Food Strategy. The council will work with community, voluntary sector and business partners to develop a detailed local food action plan […]