Adopting the new Design Guide website to help create high-quality sustainability

An online guide that helps create high quality, sustainable development in South Oxfordshire and the White Horse Valley has been improved and extended following user feedback.

The co-design guide is an up-to-date, innovative, concise, engaging and interactive document that acts as a tool for anyone undertaking a development to ensure it matches the character of the local area

The two District Councils, working together, launched a consultation on a draft guide in early 2022. Over 180 responses were received from members of the public as well as other consultees.

Many responses highlighted useful images and interactive maps as well as ease of navigation while others suggested areas for improvement.

As a result of feedback, the Joint Design Guide site is now easier to navigate, divided into more digestible sections and with more relevant images and additional annotations and explanations to diagrams and drawings.

It also provides additional guidance on design considerations for renewable energy generation sites.

Comments also suggested that more detail was needed on how the design principles of the Co-Design Guide apply to small and rural developments, and this has now been added.

Debby Hallett, Cabinet Member for Enterprise Services and Transformation for Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I am extremely grateful for all the helpful feedback we have received and glad that most people have found the new co-design guide useful and easy to use. use.

Councilor Anne-Marie Simpson, South Oxfordshire Cabinet Member for Planning, added: “The responses to the consultation are really useful and will enable us to improve the guide so that we can ensure that development in both districts is high quality and durable.

Je Co-Design Guide was passed by South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council at their respective cabinet meetings on June 23 and 24.

This means that the guide will be an important consideration in future planning applications and will replace the existing individual guides for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils (adopted in 2016 and 2015 respectively).

Daniel L. Vasquez