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January 12, 2022

Smaller communities could have a greater say on housing developments in South and Vale

Small communities in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire will now have an opportunity for greater influence on how and where houses and other developments should be built in their area. After the two district councils put together a successful joint bid for government grant funding of up to £45,000, the government has […]

December 9, 2021

More research needed before Abingdon reservoir plans can be approved

More evidence has been demanded by Vale councillors over the need for a reservoir in Abingdon and its environmental impact. Thames Water are developing a proposal to create a reservoir on land south west of Abingdon. But councillors have voted to oppose the proposals unless further independent research is carried out on whether the company’s […]

December 7, 2021

Changes to planning rules to focus more quickly on potential harm to communities

Changes to enforcing planning rules will allow two district councils to focus on cases with the most potential to cause harm to local communities much more quickly. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are in the top 4 per cent of local authorities for planning enforcement performance. Now a new triage system […]

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October 26, 2021

Views sought on future development at airfield at Dalton Barracks, Abingdon

We’re asking your views on how future development at the airfield at Dalton Barracks near Abingdon should look and feel, and how it should contribute to the area. Part of the airfield at the Ministry of Defence site at Dalton Barracks was chosen for development as part of the Vale of White Horse Local Plan. […]

October 11, 2021

Agenda items for Vale of White Horse District Council Planning Committee meeting at 6pm Wednesday 20 October 2021

This is a temporary news item to allow people to access the agenda items for the Vale of White Horse District Council Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

October 8, 2021

More funding for new community facilities as updated rates for developers agreed

Councillors have agreed revised rates that developers will be required to pay towards community facilities and local infrastructure that are needed as a result of development growth in the Vale of White Horse District. Vale of White Horse District Council is able to secure money from developers towards the provision of local facilities and infrastructure […]

September 13, 2021

Consultation opens on how we engage with communities about planning

our views are needed on how we engage with you about the councils’ planning processes.

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August 23, 2021

Council calls on the government to support Grove Station

Vale of White Horse District Council is calling on the government to commit to reopening the railway station in Grove and to make funding available for the project. A station, which would serve people living and working in Grove, Wantage and the surrounding area, has been long campaigned for by the local community.  However, progress […]

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August 16, 2021

Council calls on the government to scrap planning reform proposals and to protect residents’ rights

Following a motion agreed at the Vale of White Horse District Council meeting last month, Council Leader Emily Smith has written to the government to request that it scraps its proposed changes to planning laws in the United Kingdom which could have serious implications for local communities across the country. In her letter to Robert […]

March 26, 2021

Councils agree to develop a joint South and Vale Local Plan

The two district councils in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse have agreed to develop a joint Local Plan for the area to reduce costs and help the councils meet their ambitious targets for making the two districts carbon neutral. Local Plans are used to help determine planning applications and set out how […]