Building and development design Our Design Guide

You should use our design guide to help you to develop your proposals. We wrote it to help you in the initial stages of your design process, to help you achieve a high quality development.

It’s suitable for everybody to use, whether you’re a landowner, developer, planning applicant, agent, designer or planner.

You should test your proposals against the list of criteria – we will also test your proposals against these criteria when deciding your planning application. If you follow this process, you will be more likely to get planning permission.

The guide is also accompanied by some technical documents that focus on issues like landscape, biodiversity, trees, public art and sustainable energy. You need to take all of these things into account at the start of your design process to achieve the highest quality of design expected in South Oxfordshire.

If you’re looking to apply for planning permission for work on your home, check out the section of the design guide for householder applications.

Click here to download our design guide.

Traditional shopfront design

If you’re looking to change the design of a shopfront in a conservation area and/or on a listed building, you should use our guide for the design of traditional shopfronts.

Traditional shopfront design guide – TBC

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