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Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework

Vale of White Horse District Council is carrying out a review of Abingdon town centre to identify realistic options for improving buildings, land and transport routes to help make it a thriving place in the future. 

The review will include three properties the council owns in the town – the Charter area and car park, Abbey House, and the Upper Reaches Hotel – to see how they might need to change in the future to complement the wider work to enhance the town’s vitality and environment.

The work will result in producing the Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework (CARF), which will identify what future improvements are needed in the town for when an opportunity presents itself and to direct future decisions to support the vision for central Abingdon.

The new CARF document will also help the council deliver on objectives set out in its Climate Action Plan, and the council aims to align its work with an Oxfordshire-wide cycling and walking project , which aims to create better connectivity between homes, town centres and business parks. 


As part of its review, the district council is working with Carter Jonas – an organisation with expertise in ‘regeneration’ – to engage directly with community groups and local business to help identify challenges and areas for improvement in the town, and then more widely with the public.

Working together, we undertook a consultation that was an opportunity for you to give your thoughts about central Abingdon and our current proposals. The consultation included our current work to inform a vision and objectives for central Abingdon and the options for key sites in the town, including the Upper Reaches, Charter Car Park and Abbey House.

The consultation opened on Friday 17 June and ended on Friday 15 July 2022. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and comments on our proposals.

The consultation materials are still available to view online but the opportunity to provide comments via our online survey has now closed. The consultation materials are still temporarily available to view in-person on the windows of Unit 24, Bury Street precinct (the former H Samuel shop).

We are now updating our proposals following your comments and will share more information in due course.

Neighbourhood Plan

The review will be closely aligned to the development of Abingdon’s Neighbourhood Plan, which is being led by the Abingdon Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group, which includes members of the town council.


If you have any queries please contact the CARF team on:

  • Email:
  • Post: CARF, Vale of White Horse District Council, Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE

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