Cabinet considered the head of planning’s report, which proposed a new Joint Design Guide. The guide had been developed by the Vale and South Oxfordshire District Council as a supplementary planning document to the Vale’s adopted Local Plan. The guide would also form a supplementary planning document to the Joint Local Plan once that had been adopted. The Joint Design Guide would help the public when designing new development and would assist officers and members of the Planning Committee in determining planning applications. The guide had been subject to public consultation. The report set out the consultation results and proposed changes.
On 20 June 2022, the Joint Scrutiny Committee had considered the guide also, suggesting some changes. These were set out in an amendment note, which had been published as a supplement alongside the Cabinet agenda.
The Cabinet member recommended Cabinet to adopt the Joint Design Guide, along with the changes recommended in the amendment note following the Joint Scrutiny Committee meeting.
Cabinet welcomed the new Joint Design Guide, believing that it would provide clear advice to all users. Members were pleased that the new guide was an interactive, online publication. This would make it easier for the public to use and it could be updated quickly as planning legislation changed. Cabinet also welcomed the changes suggested following the Joint Scrutiny Committee meeting.
Cabinet thanked the officers and councillors involved in this project, and thanked the Joint Scrutiny Committee for its suggestions.
(a) adopt the Joint Design Guide for Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils as a supplementary planning document, subject to the changes set out in the amendment note following the Joint Scrutiny Committee on 20 June 2022; and
(b) authorise to the head of planning, in consultation with the Cabinet member for corporate services and transformation (Vale) and the Cabinet members for planning (South), to make necessary minor amendments or typographical corrections to the supplementary planning document prior to publication and undertake any factual updates thereafter (e.g. web links and live neighbourhood plan maps).