Joint Design Guide Consultation

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are asking for views on their draft Joint Design Guide, which provides guidance on how new development in our area can be designed and constructed to the highest quality and sustainability.

As a Supplementary Planning Document, once adopted, it will be a material consideration in any future planning decisions the councils make.

The Guide provides steps and design principles that will help applicants understand what makes high-quality and sustainable design and inspire them to reach these standards.

The councils want your input on how the draft Joint Design Guide sets out what makes a high-quality development and how they ensure there are clear steps for developers and others to follow.

To help you understand what the Guide is about and the principles it contains, an easy to use website has been created.  It tells you in more detail what the draft Joint Design Guide is and how it will be used, as well as outlining the key design elements: place and setting; natural environment; movement and connectivity; space and layout; built form; climate and sustainability.

The six-week consultation runs until 1st March 2022, and the quickest and easiest way to comment is to use the online comment form.

After the consultation period ends, the councils will consider your comments and make appropriate changes to the Guide before it is adopted.  Once adopted, the Guide, along with a consultation statement and a consultation summary report, will be published on our South and Vale websites shortly afterwards.

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