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Statement of Community Involvement

We are currently working with Vale of White Horse district council to produce a joint Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) to cover both districts.  The SCI sets out how we will consult on planning applications and planning policy, including the joint Local Plan. 

We are running a public consultation on the draft joint SCI from 8 September to midnight on 20 October 2021

Click here to take part in the consultation.

We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get involved in the planning process. That’s why we’re asking you about our draft SCI. It contains details of how we plan to work positively and proactively with our communities to ensure their voices are heard.

The SCI also sets out how we plan to make sure you can access the right information as easily and early as possible to help you come to your own conclusions.

We’re committed to ensuring you know what we’re doing – we strive to be clear and transparent in our processes – and the SCI reflects this too.

We’ll take on board your comments on the draft SCI before bringing a final version before our councils to be adopted. Once adopted the joint SCI will replace the existing South Oxfordshire SCI and the Vale of White Horse SCI. We will comply with the new SCI when preparing plan-making documents and when determining planning applications.

If you are unable to comment online, you can also:

  • Email
  • Write to Planning Policy, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and post to ‘Freepost SOUTH AND VALE CONSULTATIONS’ (no other address information or stamp is needed). Our preference is electronic submissions and there is no need to post a hard copy as well.

If you wish to view paper copies of the consultation documents, they have been made available at the following libraries:

South OxfordshireVale of White Horse
Benson Library
Berinsfield Library
Chinnor Library
Didcot Library
Goring Library
Henley Library
Thame Library
Wallingford Library
Watlington Library
Wheatley Library
Woodcote Library
Abingdon Library
Botley Library
Faringdon Library
Grove Library
Kennington Library
Wantage Library  

What happens next

After the consultation period ends, we will consider your comments and make appropriate changes to the SCI before we adopt it. Once adopted, which we expect to happen in December 2021, the revised SCI, along with a consultation statement and a consultation summary report, will be published on our South and Vale websites shortly afterwards.

Supporting documents:

Our existing Statement of Community Involvement

The current SCI was adopted by Cabinet on 15 June 2017.  A copy of the adopted SCI and the adoption statement can be viewed below: