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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 […]

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.

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 […]

December 21, 2022

Time to plan the right future for our districts

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have agreed a revised timetable for the creation of their Joint Local Plan.  Both authorities are working to create a Joint Local Plan, which will seek to deliver the councils’ ambitions for zero-carbon, sustainable development and genuinely affordable homes in the districts up to the year […]

An image of what Milton Park might look like in the future.

August 30, 2022

Comments now open on proposals for better business space at Milton Park

People are being invited to comment on a planning review that could increase space for more business investment and improve the quality and sustainability of buildings at Milton Park. The revised plans are part of the council’s review of an existing Local Development Order (LDO), which is a way for local planning authorities to create […]

Overhead drawn plan of housing development

July 8, 2022

New Design Guide website adopted to help create high-quality, sustainable development

An online guide that helps create high-quality and sustainable development in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse has been improved and extended following feedback from users. The Joint Design Guide is an up-to-date, innovative, concise, engaging and interactive document that acts as a tool for anyone undertaking a development to ensure it fits […]

Display boards in a shop window

June 30, 2022

Hundreds give their view on future of central Abingdon

Hundreds of people have given their views on the future of central Abingdon and there is still time for others to do so. Vale of White Horse District Council is carrying out a review of the market town centre to identify realistic options for improving buildings, land and transport routes to help make it a […]

June 15, 2022

Still time to have say on issues affecting South Oxfordshire and the Vale

There’s still time for people to give their views on the issues affecting our districts as part of a new Joint Local Plan. People have been using a new interactive website to have their say on topics such as tackling the climate emergency, sustainable transport, affordable housing, high-tech jobs, and the future of our town […]