Joint Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation

Closes 26 Feb 2024

Opened 10 Jan 2024

Overview

A Local Plan looks ahead fifteen years and plans how much development is needed in an area, like new homes, jobs, roads and schools, and where they should go. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are working together to produce a new Joint Local Plan.

This plan will be different from the last Local Plans for our area, in particular it doesn’t need to plan for the same scale of growth as last time. Our focus will be to continue to build out most of the sites already planned, consider development on new brownfield sites, and make sure the new policies are stronger on zero carbon development, nature recovery, protecting the countryside and providing facilities for communities.

Click here to read more about our vision for the Joint Local Plan

Our vision is for carbon neutral districts, for current and future generations.  

For this to be a place where nature is thriving, and nature reserves are no longer isolated pockets. A place where history is still visible, where heritage and landscape character are safeguarded and valued, and the beauty and the distinctive local identity of our countryside, towns and villages have been enhanced.  

A place where people can thrive. Where people have housing choices they can afford, where villages, market towns and garden communities are diverse and inclusive places where people of all ages and backgrounds can live together.    

A place where residents can reach the facilities they need for everyday living on foot, bicycle, wheeling, public transport or by zero-emission and low carbon transport choices.

Where residents and visitors can live healthy lifestyles and access greenspace. Where people are safe from pollution, flooding, and the effects of climate change.   

Where there are valuable and rewarding jobs, embracing clean technologies and growing the opportunities in Science Vale for the districts to contribute on a national and international scale to solving pressing global issues.   

This survey gives you the opportunity to provide your comments on the full Joint Local Plan Preferred Options document including policy options, preferred options and draft policies to allow you to provide a more in-depth response. You should review the Joint Local Plan Preferred Options document before you complete this survey. You can view the content of this document in two different formats:

Or you can provide feedback via the Joint Local Plan Nutshell Survey which includes a short summary of what’s in the Joint Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation with quickfire questions.

Whichever you choose, we’re really grateful for your time, your comments help shape the local plan.

About this survey

You can easily navigate through this survey by viewing the contents page which provides a breakdown of the chapters within the Joint Local Plan Preferred Options document. Each chapter includes questions on the detailed policy options and the chance for you to provide your comments. You can view as many chapters and answer as many qustions within each chapter as you like. If you would prefer to attach your response to this survey, please click on 'If you have attachments, please click here' on the main contents page.

What happens next

We’ll review all the comments we receive and summarise them in a consultation statement. Your views will help shape the draft of the Joint Local Plan for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. In Autumn 2024, we expect to publish a full draft of our Joint Local Plan (the Proposed Submission Joint Local Plan) for a further stage of public comments. After this we will submit the draft plan and the comments for an independent planning inspector to examine the plan.

Personal details

If you submit a comment on the Joint Local Plan Preferred Options consultation (or a comment is submitted on your behalf), it may be published in full or as a summary alongside your name (where provided). Comments submitted by businesses or organisations may be made public (including online publication) alongside the name of the business or organisation provided. If you submit a comment on behalf of a business/organisation or client, it may be published in full or as a summary alongside your name and the name of the business/organisation/client it is on behalf of (where details are provided). No other personal contact details will be published. If your comment relates to matters outside the scope of planning but falls within the remit of another team at the councils, we may share your comments with these internal teams where relevant.

To find out how your personal data is used for these consultations and for information on how the council holds, uses and stores your personal data, please refer to our Privacy Policy on our websites: South Oxfordshire webpage or Vale of White Horse webpage

If you are happy for the councils to use your personal data and special category data (equality questions) for this consultation, please click the link in the box below to provide your response.

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Events

  • Sandford-on-Thames

    From 20 Jan 2024 at 13:00 to 20 Jan 2024 at 16:00

    Join us at Sandford Village Hall at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Sandford Village Hall, Henley Road, OX4 4YN

  • Shippon

    From 24 Jan 2024 at 15:00 to 24 Jan 2024 at 20:00

    Join us at Shippon Village Hall at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Shippon Village Hall, Barrow Road, opposite the Prince of Wales pub, OX13 6JQ

  • Wallingford

    From 25 Jan 2024 at 15:00 to 25 Jan 2024 at 20:00

    Join us at Centre 70 at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Centre 70, Wallingford Community Association Hall, off Kinecroft, Goldsmiths Lane, OX10 0DT

  • Henley-on-Thames

    From 27 Jan 2024 at 11:00 to 27 Jan 2024 at 16:00

    Join us at Henley Town Hall at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Henley Town Hall, Market Place, Henley RG9 2AG

  • Thame

    From 30 Jan 2024 at 11:00 to 30 Jan 2024 at 16:00

    Join us at Candelo Lounge at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Candelo Lounge, 102 High Street, Thame, OX9 3DU

  • Wantage

    From 31 Jan 2024 at 11:00 to 31 Jan 2024 at 16:00

    Join us at The Beacon at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: The Beacon, Community Centre, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX

  • Abingdon

    From 3 Feb 2024 at 11:00 to 3 Feb 2024 at 16:00

    Join us at Pablo Lounge at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Pablo Lounge, Abbey Shopping Centre, 1-3 Bury Street, Abingdon, OX14 3QY

  • Crowmarsh Gifford

    From 5 Feb 2024 at 11:00 to 5 Feb 2024 at 16:00

    Join us at Crowmarsh Pavilion at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Crowmarsh Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Bellamy Way, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8FN.

    Date: 05/02/2024, 11am-4pm.

  • Faringdon

    From 6 Feb 2024 at 11:00 to 6 Feb 2024 at 16:00

    Join us at Faringdon Town Council, The Pump House, at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Faringdon Town Council, The Pump House, 5 Market Place, Faringdon, SN7 7HL, then The Old Crown Coaching Inn, 25 Market Place, Faringdon, SN7 7HL.

    Date: 06/02/2024 - Faringdon Town Council (The Pump House) 11am-1.30pm then The Old Crown Coaching Inn from 1.30pm-4pm.

  • Didcot

    From 10 Feb 2024 at 11:00 to 10 Feb 2024 at 16:00

    Join us at Berro Lounge at our drop-in event to chat with us, ask questions and have your say.

    Address: Berro Lounge, Orchard Shopping Centre, 44 Orchard Street, Didcot, OX11 7LG

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • General Public