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Joint Local Plan 2041

The adopted Vale of White Horse Local Plan 2031 is divided into two parts: Local Plan 2031 Part 1 (adopted in December 2016) and Local Plan 2031 Part 2 (adopted in October 2019). Local authorities have to review (and if necessary, update) their local plan at least every five years.

Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils are now starting work on a Joint Local Plan to 2041, agreed at the Vale Council meeting on 24 March 2021 and the South Council meeting on 25 March 2021. The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the timetable for producing new planning policy documents, including key production and public consultation stages. This is the first joint LDS that covers South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils.

The Local Development Scheme, March 2021 can be found here.

Call for Sites

Supporting the new Local Plan process, Vale of White District Council held a ‘Call for sites’ consultation in April to May 2020. Please be aware the Call for Sites is purely a data gathering exercise. It allows landowners, agents, developers, community groups and others who are interested in having land considered for a range of different uses to submit site information to the council that they would like to be assessed. Sites submitted for consideration have been set out in a Call for Sites Register. The site register and maps are published for information and have no status in planning – please find the link to the register below:

Call for Sites Register – May 2021

Call for Sites Maps

The Call for Sites does not grant planning permission to any sites submitted or confirm that the sites are suitable for development.

The sites submitted in the 2020 Call for Sites are one source of information that the council will use to consider which sites might be suitable for allocation through the Local Plan. Other potential sites and sources also need to be considered, including those sites submitted previously to the Local Plan 2031 Part 1 and Part 2. The document and appendices (which list the sites) can be found on the Local Plan Part 1 and Local Plan Part 2 webpages. The planning merits of the sites will be considered using the criteria and method consistent with relevant government guidance, the outcome of which will be published in a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). The HELAA is in preparation and will be published alongside future local plan consultations.

Please note: the register was first published in April 2021 and most recently updated in May 2021. The council may periodically update the content of the register.

The 2020 Call for Sites ran for eight weeks, from 3 April 2020 to 29 May 2020. We produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) factsheet to help answer any questions regarding this:

Site Submissions

If you still wish to submit a site, they can be submitted by:

Please note that you must provide your name and address for your sites to be considered. Any personal information you provide to the Council within your submission will not be published online, however your information is required to ensure we can contact you further if your site is taken forward within the local plan.

Sites submitted to us through this process will only gain planning status if they are taken forward as an allocation within the Local Plan. This process does not grant planning permission to any sites submitted. All sites would need to be submitted in accordance with the requirements below.

Requirements for sites
  • Located in the Vale of White Horse District Council’s administrative boundary
  • Able to accommodate 5 or more dwellings if proposed for residential use
  • Able to accommodate 500sqm or more if proposed for economic development use
 Information required

For a site to be submitted successfully, you will also need to provide the following;

  • Contact details (Name/Address/Telephone Number/Email/Who are you representing if not the landowner)
  • Site details (site address; site coordinates; current/previous uses)
  • Landownership details (Name/Address of owner(s); Single ownership; any other interests – tenancies)
  • An appropriately scaled map showing the boundaries of the site
  • Proposed use(s) (Housing, Employment, Retail, Nature Recovery etc)
  • Proposed scale (number of dwellings/employment floorspace etc)
  • Information on when the site is likely to become available for development
  • Information on any known constraints and how these could be overcome.
Supporting Documents and Webpages

If you have any questions on our Call for Sites, please contact the Planning Policy team via or call 01235 422600.

If you have any questions on the survey or require it in an alternative format (for example – large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) please email or call 01235 422425.

Contact us - Planning policy

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Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB