Joint (Vale and South) Design Guide | Link
The Joint Design Guide was adopted by South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council at their respective cabinet meetings on June 23 and June 24 2022.
About the guide
This Design Guide has been prepared as part of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils’ commitment to securing the highest quality development within the districts.
The guide builds upon and replaces previous local design guides and aligns with the National Design Guide (2019). It is intended to assist landowners, developers, applicants, agents, designers, and planners in the process of developing high quality development and in assessing its design quality.
The guide is a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and as such, will be a material consideration in determining planning applications submitted to the Council. It carries considerable weight in decision-making, having been subject to scrutiny and amendment throughout a public consultation process.
Additional guidance and documents beyond our guide
There is design guidance available beyond our guide at a national level, our design guide specifies what is best at a local level, as well as the Councils’ own local plans and neighbourhood plans. Neighbourhood Plans are part of the development plan and form and important part of the design process and therefore must be considered.
- The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2021)
- Local Plans for South Oxfordshire
- Local Plans for Vale of White Horse
- National Design Guide (2019)
- National Design Code Part 1: The Coding Process (2021)
- National Design Code Part 2: Guidance Notes (2021)
- Neighbourhood Plans for South Oxfordshire and the Vale