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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 17, 2023

Kingston Bagpuize scores brand new sports pavilion

Sports clubs and residents in Kingston Bagpuize will soon be kicking goals and taking wickets by a brand new £657,000 pavilion which is opening this weekend. Vale of White Horse District Council approved £596,757 of funding from developer contributions for Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Parish Council to deliver the pavilion. The funding was sourced from […]

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 […]

March 16, 2023

New simplified planning at Milton Park to pave way for further life science and technology investment

One of Europe’s largest science and technology communities is in line for more jobs, business investment opportunities, and improved sustainability thanks to an updated planning document. Vale of White Horse District Council has voted to adopt an updated Local Development Order (LDO) for Milton Park subject to a legal agreement being finalised. Once adopted, the […]

March 6, 2023

Water companies told to forget the reservoir and focus on fixing leaks

Plans for the future of water supplies in the South East, including a giant reservoir between Abingdon, Steventon and East Hanney, have been strongly criticised by Vale of White Horse District Council. Vale of White Horse District Council has published its response to the recent Water Resources South East (WRSE) public consultation, outlining numerous concerns […]

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February 28, 2023

Award nomination for councils’ planning websites

A dynamic new digital approach to planning has been recognised with an award nomination. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have been shortlisted for the Digital Impact category in the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards for their work creating a digital-first approach to planning policy documents. The councils wanted to move away […]

Aerial map of Abingdon town centre

February 20, 2023

Options for improvements in Abingdon unveiled

Ideas for improving areas in Abingdon town centre have been published as part of a document commissioned by Vale of White Horse District Council.

Aerial map of Abingdon town centre

February 13, 2023

Public give their ideas for future of Abingdon town centre

Thousands of comments from residents, community groups, businesses and visitors have contributed to a document that sets out possibilities for how some locations in Abingdon town centre could be improved.

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 […]