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Vale of White Horse - Local Plan 2031 Part 2 - publicity period

on Wed, 11/10/2017 - 11:14am

The Vale is nearly ready to submit their Local Plan 2031 Part 2 for independent examination. 

Their Local Plan 2031 Part 2 sets out policies and locations for housing for the Vale of White Horse district’s proportion of Oxford’s housing need up to 2031, which cannot be met within the City boundaries. The document also contains policies for the part of the Didcot Garden Town that lies within the Vale and detailed development management policies to complement Local Plan 2031 Part 1. It replaces the saved policies of the Local Plan 2011 and allocates additional development sites for housing.

Before they submit their Plan, the Vale are launching a six week publicity period on the Local Plan 2031 Part 2.  This runs from Wednesday, 11th October until 5pm on Wednesday, 22nd November 2017. 

The publicity period is different from the previous consultation, as the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012 dictate that the Vale ask specific questions relating to the soundness and legality of the Plan.

After the publicity period, the Vale will submit the Plan to the Secretary of State, who will appoint a Planning Inspector to carry out an independent examination. The inspector will then examine the Plan, the evidence supporting it and the comments received, and make a decision on whether the Plan is “sound” and “legally compliant”. 

The Plan, video, guidance note and details on how to comment are available at:

They are also hosting public events across the district to help explain the publicity process and how to comment.  The events will all provide the same information so please feel free to attend any event.

Exhibitions and public meetings

Exhibition 4-6.30pm followed by public meeting 7-8.30pm

  • Monday 6 November: Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon Campus, Wootton Road, Abingdon, OX14 1GG 
  • Tuesday 14 November: Corn Exchange, Gloucester Street, Faringdon, SN7 7JA 
  • Wednesday 15 November: Harwell Village Hall, High Street, Harwell, OX11 0EX 

How to view the information

The Plan, evidence documents, guidance note, video and comment form are available on the Vale's website.

Hard copies of the Plan, appendices and a selection of supporting documents will be available during opening hours at the locations listed at the bottom of this email.

How to comment

  • Responses can be made until 5pm on 22 November 2017 by:
  • using our online consultation system  (registration is required); 
  • downloading the comment form  and emailing it to [email protected]
  • collecting a comment form from one of the locations listed below and posting it to Planning Policy, VOWH 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon OX14 4SB; 
  • attending one of our public events. 

For your comments to be considered, you must provide your name and address. All responses received will be available for the public to view.  If you respond on behalf of an organisation or agent the Vale may display your name and contact details. If you respond as an individual the Vale may display your name, but the Vale will not display your contact details.  All comments will be passed on to the Secretary of State. 

If you have any questions, please contact the planning policy team on 01235 422600 or email [email protected] 

Distribution points for Local Plan:

Local libraries

  • Abingdon-on-Thames
  • Botley
  • Didcot
  • Faringdon
  • Grove
  • Kennington
  • Wantage

Council offices

  • 135 Eastern Ave., Milton Park, Milton
  • Abbey House, Abingdon
  • St. Aldates, Oxford City Council 

Council office opening hours - from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm Fridays