Design information

Urban design

The council aims to raise the urban design quality of new development in South Oxfordshire by reinforcing its unique diversity and enhancing its image.

Urban design takes a holistic approach to designing places for people.  There are seven key objectives of urban design:

  • Character
  • Continuity and enclosure
  • Quality of public realm
  • Ease of Movement
  • Legibility
  • Adaptability
  • Diversity

By applying these objectives we can help to improve the quality of developments that succeed economically, socially and environmentally.  This helps to improve the quality of people's lives.

The successful combination of a high quality of public realm with architecture, highways, landscape, trees and heritage are vital if we are to create opportunities for community development and social interaction within safe and secure environments.

Urban design seeks to work closely with local communities, interest groups and across professions to create places of distinction that we can be proud of.

South Oxfordshire Design Guide

Our design guide will help you to develop your proposals and we strongly suggest that you produce a design statement having followed its principles.   A Design and Access Statement is now a requirement for many categories of planning and listed building applications.

Traditional shopfront design

Our Shopfront Design Guide (see downloads section of this page) provides useful design advice and principles for new or replacement signage in the historic areas of our district.  We strongly advise you to consider this advice if you are submitting an application for consent to display an advertisement in a conservation area and/or on buildings which are listed or of historic interest.

Last reviewed: 16 - 03 - 2017

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