A consultation has been launched on a draft guide that will provide guidance on how new developments can be designed and constructed to the highest quality and sustainability.

The Joint Design Guide provides a series of steps and design principles that will be considered when deciding on all future planning applications.

It will help applicants understand what makes high-quality and sustainable design and inspire them to reach these standards.

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It was produced by South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils.

The councils are asking for the public’s input on how the draft Joint Design Guide sets out what makes a high-quality development and how to ensure there are clear steps for developers and others to follow.

Councillor Debby Hallett, cabinet member for corporate services and transformation, said: “It’s important we understand what people think makes high-quality design. We also need the public's help making sure the draft Joint Design Guide is clear, helpful, easy to understand and accessible.”

To help make the draft Joint Design Guide easier to understand an interactive website has been created.

It gives details of what the Joint Design Guide is and how it will be used, as well as outlining the key design elements: place and setting; natural environment; movement and connectivity; space and layout; built form; climate and sustainability.

The consultation is now open and runs until 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 March 2022.

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