South Oxfordshire Design Guide

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Our Design Guide achieved finalist status at the National Urban Design Awards and the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence - We hope you enjoy reading this design guide and find it useful.  

Design Guide

Please note that the document is intended to be read as a two page spread, just like a book. To ensure that the online PDF version is read in this way, please ensure the page is set to ‘two page view’. You can do this in Adobe Reader by selecting View > Page Display > Two Page View.

Our design guide seeks to break the mould of the traditional design guide by being concise, visually attractive and innovative in terms of content and approach. The ultimate objective for the design guide is to raise the quality of design in new development in the district. The guide seeks to do this by setting out the standard we expect new developments to meet through a series of checklists which each relate to key design principles. The guide will take the reader through the process of designing a scheme from start to finish in an order that we consider to be best practice, realistic and logical. Alongside the checklists, examples of best practice and solutions for common design problems will be provided. Clear links and references to further guidance and technical documents will supplement the content in the guide.

How is this guide different to the previous guide

The 2016 guide is much more concise than the previous guide, being 55 pages rather than 204. It is a much more visual document, relying on illustrations, plans and photos to convey important messages and provide explanations rather than detailed text. The introduction of the checklists is a new tool which sets the standard we expect new developments to meet and provides a basis for assessment and testing of the design of proposed developments.

How we adopted this guide

We adopted this style guide in November 2016 after a public consultation in the summer of that year. You can read the summary report from that consultation here This link will take you to an external website...  and our adoption statement here This link will take you to an external website...

Technical documents

Landscape structure This link will take you to an external website...

Trees and landscaping This link will take you to an external website...

Biodiversity This link will take you to an external website...

Sustainable energy This link will take you to an external website...

Public art This link will take you to an external website...

Householder extensions and outbuildings This link will take you to an external website...

Building conversions This link will take you to an external website...

Shopfronts and signage This link will take you to an external website...

Non-domestic buildings This link will take you to an external website...

Apartments This link will take you to an external website...

There is also a reduced size (lower graphical quality) version of the design guide available here This link will take you to an external website... , and a reduced size technical documents here This link will take you to an external website... . Note that the graphics will not appear clear and sharp in the low resolution version. Please do not use this version for printing.

Chilterns Building Design Guide

For projects in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), further detailed guidance is provided in the Chilterns Buildings Design Guide This link will take you to an external website... , adopted by the Council in December 2000 as Supplementary Planning Guidance. The guide contains practical advice for planners, architects and homeowners on how to build or restore properties in keeping with the special qualities of the Chilterns AONB. It covers such topics as the setting of buildings, the design of vernacular features and the use of the traditional local materials. Consistent use of local materials has created the special and distinctive character of buildings in this area, and accompanying the guide are Technical Notes on Chilterns flint, brick and tiles, which are regarded as material considerations in decisions on relevant planning applications. Links to the Chilterns Buildings Design Guide have been provided throughout the South Oxfordshire Design Guide 2016.

 http://www.chilternsaonb.org/conservation-board/planning-development/buildings-design-guidance.html

Last reviewed: 02 - 06 - 2017

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