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Design Guide

Our design guide will help you to develop your proposals and we strongly suggest that you produce a design statement having followed its principles. We prepared it to guide you through all stages of the design process.

The design guide is intended to assist landowners, developers, applicants, agents, designers and planners through all stages of the design and planning process to achieve high quality development.

The design guide is a Supplementary Planning Document adopted in 2015 and is a material consideration when determining planning applications.

Our guide includes technical sections focusing on disciplines such as landscape, biodiversity, trees, public art, conservation, and sustainable energy. You need to consider all of these from the outset.

All applicants are required to test their proposals against the lists of principles which we will use to assess the scheme. It is unlikely that planning permission will be granted for development proposals that do not demonstrate consistency with the principles set out in the design guide.

Click here to download our design guide.

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Vale of White Horse District Council
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