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Preferred Options consultation – now live

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have come together to work on a new Joint Local Plan to 2041. The Joint Local Plan will guide what kinds of new housing and jobs are needed and where they should go, informing planning application decisions for the districts. 

The councils’ have now published for community feedback our preferred policy options and draft policies to address local challenges and unlock future opportunities across the two districts.

We are now seeking your views on preferred policy options and draft policies in our ‘Preferred Options’ Consultation – with a new closing date for comments of Monday 26 February 2024.

How to take part

You can view the relevant documents and join the conversation through our consultation webpage. Through this link, you can find:

  • The full Joint Local Plan Preferred Options Document
  • The Joint Local Plan in a Nutshell, a quicker way to review the plan
  • A link to the online survey, to give us your views
  • Supporting documents, including the Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment, topic papers and more.

You can also view paper copies of the key consultation documents at the Council offices at Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE, at all the districts’ libraries and the Beacon in Wantage, Cornerstone in Didcot, and the Great Western Park District Community Centre in Didcot.

The documents are also available to view in alternative formats (e.g. large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) on request. Please contact us on 01235 422425 or email for support to access the consultation materials. 

In person events

We’ve held ten drop-in consultation events during January and February, and you can continue to view the materials until the end of the consultation via our virtual exhibition (if you are on mobile please use the link to the accessible version). An accessible version of the virtual exhibition is also available.

Sandford-on-ThamesSaturday 20 January  1pm – 4pmSandford Village Hall, Henley Rd, OX4 4YN
ShipponWednesday 24 January  3pm – 8pmShippon Village Hall, Barrow Rd, opposite Prince of Wales pub, OX13 6JQ
WallingfordThursday 25 January  3pm – 8pmCentre 70, Wallingford Community Association Hall, off Kinecroft, Goldsmiths Ln, OX10 0DT
Henley-on-ThamesSaturday 27 January  11am – 4pmHenley Town Hall, Market Pl, Henley RG9 2AG
ThameTuesday 30 January  11am – 4pmCandelo Lounge, 102 High St, Thame, OX9 3DU
WantageWednesday 31 January  11am – 4pmThe Beacon, Community Centre, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX
AbingdonSaturday 3 February  11am – 4pmPablo Lounge, Abbey Shopping Centre, 1-3 Bury Street, Abingdon, OX14 3QY 
CrowmarshMonday 5 February  11am – 4pmCrowmarsh Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Bellamy Way, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8FN
FaringdonTuesday 6 February  11am – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 4pm
Faringdon Town Council, The Pump House, 5 Market Place, Faringdon SN7 7HL

The Old Crown Coaching Inn, 25 Market Place, Faringdon SN7 7HU
DidcotSaturday 10 February  11am – 4pmBerro Lounge, Orchard Shopping Centre, 44 Orchard St, Didcot, OX11 7LG

What happens next

Our preferred options document is not the final version of our Joint Local Plan. We are asking for your thoughts on the options we’ve identified to tackle the issues, along with potential locations for future developments.

After the consultation closes, we will review all the comments we receive and summarise them in a consultation statement. Your views will help shape the draft of the Joint Local Plan for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.

In Autumn 2024, we expect to publish a full draft of our Joint Local Plan (the Proposed Submission Local Plan). You will have the opportunity to make representations on this draft plan. We’ll then submit the plan to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination, which will include hearing sessions which are open to public to attend.

Data protection

If you submit a comment on the Joint Local Plan Preferred Options consultation (or a comment is submitted on your behalf), it may be published in full or as a summary alongside your name (where provided). Comments submitted by businesses or organisations may be made public (including online publication) alongside the name of the business or organisation provided. If you submit a comment on behalf of a business/organisation or client, it may be published in full or as a summary alongside your name and the name of the business/organisation/client it is on behalf of (where details are provided). No other personal contact details will be published. If your comment relates to matters outside the scope of planning but which fall within the remit of another team at the councils, we may share your comments with these internal teams where relevant.

To find out how your personal data is used for these consultations and for information on how the council holds, uses and stores your personal data, please refer to our Privacy Policy.


If you have any questions on the consultation, please contact the planning policy team on or call 01235 422600.

Previous consultations

Issues Consultation

In May 2022, we carried out a public consultation asking for your thoughts on the main issues facing our districts and how we could use the Joint Local Plan to address them. To do this, we launched an innovative new interactive website for our consultation, with interactive maps, a video and images. It was designed to work on a tablet, computer or mobile phone, although for those who prefer a more traditional document, there was also a PDF version of the Joint Local Plan Issues consultation.

We also consulted on other documents alongside the Joint Local Plan Issues consultation – these were:

We also prepared:

What you told us

Our Joint Local Plan Issues consultation was open from 12 May until 23 June 2022. After this, we analysed the responses and shared what you told us.

To show the results, we made some updates to our interactive Issues Consultation website. As you explore this interactive website you will see snapshots of the results and links to the full consultation results document for further details.

We also produced a full ‘Issues Consultation Results’ document here if you prefer a more traditional document format. 

Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change

Between 19 August and 30 September 2021 we invited landowners, agents, developers, community groups and others who were interested in having land considered for development, to submit information to the Councils on the sites they wanted to be assessed as part of the Joint Local Plan. Submissions made through this exercise supplement sites previously submitted as part of the Vale of White Horse Call for Sites which took place in 2020.

The boundaries of the land and buildings submitted as part of these exercises, along with some high level information about these sites, can be found on our interactive Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change webpage.

Landscape Character Assessment

To support our work for the emerging Joint Local Plan, we’re preparing a new Landscape Character Assessment. This study is being carried out by environmental consultancy Land Use Consultants (LUC) on behalf of both South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils.

As part of this study, we called for residents, businesses and visitors to share what you love about our local landscapes and what you think is changing them through a consultation held in autumn 2023. Find out more about the study from our press release (18 August 2023).

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