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Review of the Drayton Conservation Area

We are carrying out a review of the conservation area in Drayton. 

The village’s conservation area is the designated area of special architectural or historic interest which exists to protect the features and characteristics that make Drayton a historic, unique and distinctive place.

Property and land in the conservation area is covered by extra planning controls which help to protect the setting and provide a guard against inappropriate work. Most demolition works will require planning permission, there are restrictions on permitted development and advertising, and trees are also better protected.

Why are we reviewing the conservation area?

It is a requirement that all councils coordinate and publish appraisals for the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas and that these proposals are reviewed from time to time.

This is the first comprehensive conservation area appraisal document that has been produced for Drayton. The document has been authored by a specialist heritage consultant on instruction by Drayton Parish Council. It was reviewed and formatted by the Vale of White Horse Conservation and Design Team to meet best practice standards. We have a statutory duty to consult the public on this new document before it is adopted.

Have your say as part of our review process

As part of the review process, we are now inviting comments on the Drayton Conservation Area Appraisal document.

*Please note that the interactive elements of the consultation draft will not function if opened in a web browser, which is likely how it will be displayed by default. Please download the document and open it with a pdf reading software.

The document details proposed changes to the conservation area boundary in the following places (from section 7 of the appraisal document):

  • the addition of historic Sutton Wick to the north of Drayton
  • the addition of the east side of Church Lane and the fields immediately beyond
  • the addition of a small area of the west side of Abingdon Road, known otherwise as Drayton High Street.

In some areas, the revision is intended to update any issues caused by past mapping and changes to property boundaries over time. In other areas, the boundary could be extended to areas that add to the architectural and historic interest of the area and are therefore worthy of including within the designated boundary.

My property is going into or leaving the conservation area, what does this mean?

All properties within areas proposed to be removed or added to the conservation area are contacted by post as these changes will affect the permitted development rights of property owners.

More detail on how you may be affected can be found on our conservation areas web page.

How to comment

We are inviting your comments on the Conservation Area Appraisal document during a four week consultation period which runs from Wednesday 18 January until 11.59pm Wednesday 15 February.

Please click here to submit your comments.

If you need any support using the survey please contact us on:


Where possible, please submit your comments electronically as this will help to cut down on paper and postage costs. If you are not able to do this, you can:

Write to: Conservation Team, Planning Service, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and post to ‘Freepost SOUTH AND VALE CONSULTATIONS’ (no other address information or stamp is needed).

If you would like to view hard copies at our office, please contact us on 01235 422600 or email so we can discuss options with you in line with our current opening hours.

Hard copies will also be left at Drayton village hall and Abingdon library, accessible during opening hours. You will also find printed copies of the survey at these locations which may be filled out and posted or left with the attendant for later collection.

What happens next

After the consultation period ends, we will consider your comments and make appropriate changes to the draft document and boundary revision before we proceed to adopt it as a Supplementary Planning Document via the council’s cabinet process. Once adopted, we will publish the cabinet report, new conservation area appraisal document and adopted revised boundary on our Conservation Areas webpages.

Data protection

Please refer to our planning consultations privacy statement regarding how your personal data is used for this consultation, available on the consultation webpage. If you would like to know more about the council’s data protection registration or to find out about your personal data, please visit our data protection web page.