At the Heart of the Vale - Our Plan for 2024-28

Closed 14 May 2024

Opened 16 Apr 2024




At the heart of the Vale of White Horse, the Council is making a place that our residents feel proud to call home. It’s not just our mission for today. We want to secure a vibrant, inclusive and happy place for this generation and generations to come. This clear purpose guides how we serve our residents and the Vale today to ensure a bright future.

The Vale is a great place to live, work and thrive. But like you, everyone at the council wants our district to become even better. Right now, we are going through a process of working out what ‘better’ looks likes, and identifying how we can help achieve this.

We are developing a new plan and want you to help us. It will drive everything we do over the next four years.

What is the Vale's Plan?

It sets out a strategic vision along with our ambitions and priorities for Vale of White Horse District Council. The idea is for us to have a number of common themes that run throughout everything we do - we call that our 'golden thread'.


Our current four-year plan began in 2020 and runs until October this year so we're now setting our priorities for the next four years.

Click here to find out more about what came before this plan

Four years ago, we asked you to let us know what you thought about our ideas for what became our current Corporate Plan. Thanks to your feedback, we've prioritised tackling the climate and ecological emergencies with ambitious carbon reduction targets, extensive decarbonisation work at our leisure centres and biodiversity projects around the district. We're also shortly about to announce some exciting new projects to tackle affordable housing, another topic you told us you were keen on. You can read more in our performance reports.

Draft themes for our new plan

We’re proposing the following themes to guide our aspirational plans for the Vale:

Theme 1: Providing the homes people need.

Theme 2: Supporting climate and nature recovery.

Theme 3: Creating healthy, sustainable & inclusive communities.

There is a bit more detail later in the survey about how we might achieve our objectives under these themes. There are also three questions based on ways we want to work, including showing openness and accountability, providing stable finances and supporting local businesses. 

The plan for the next four years will be rooted in hearing what a better Vale means for you. We are not presenting you with a polished plan to rubber stamp or reject, rather we are starting to develop it. We want to work out the details with you.

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We would like to invite your comments on our core themes from Tuesday 16 April until 11:59pm on Tuesday 14 May 2024.

If you have any questions about this 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.

Drop-in Event

We are holding a drop-in event at Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Rd, Didcot OX11 7JN on Thursday 18 April anytime between 15:30-17:30.

This drop-in event will give you the opportunity to talk to council officers about our proposed future plan for the district.

If you can't attend our drop-in event, you can take part in our Vale virtual exhibition here

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What happens next?

We will use the feedback received to work up a draft ‘At the Heart of the Vale’ 2024-2028 plan, which we will share in the autumn. The draft corporate plan will be subject to usual democratic and scrutiny process before adoption of the final plan by Full Council in October 2024. We will publish the final plan, alongside a consultation summary report on our website. 

Personal details

If you are responding as an individual/member of the public, we will not ask for your name or any contact details. You also do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to. Any personal information you provide to the council within your comments that could identify you will not be published in the consultation summary report.

If you are responding on behalf of a business/organisation or town/parish council, we ask you to provide its name - the summary report will include this information. Further information on data protection is available in our privacy statement.

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


  • Drop-in Event

    From 18 Apr 2024 at 15:30 to 18 Apr 2024 at 17:30

    Drop-in to Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Rd, Didcot OX11 7JN on Thursday 18 April anytime between 15:30-17:30.

    This drop-in event will give you the opportunity to talk to council officers about our proposed future plan for the district.


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