Overview of Planning
Our planning team monitors applications for planning permission in Abingdon. We focus mainly on proposals affecting Listed Buildings or Conservation Areas but also on any which have an impact on the town as a whole, particularly any major new developments.
If we have any concerns about a proposal we submit them to the Vale of White Horse District Council via their normal consultation process. If necessary we attend and make statements at Planning Committee meetings or Appeal hearings.
Coronavirus Update: During the lockdown, planning applications are being dealt with either by Vale officers under delegated responsibilities or, in large, complex or controversial cases, by online meetings of the Planning Committee. Although the public will be able to comment via webform, email or post, there is not at this stage any way for them to put their case directly to the Planning Committee. In addition, site visits by officers, which are an essential part of the planning process, will be difficult if not impossible. The normal democratic input into planning decisions will be severely restricted, which is a serious concern to local councillors and to the Civic Society. We have written to Layla Moran asking her to make representations to Planning Ministers so that the normal level of scrutiny and public input into planning decisions can be maintained. The leader of the District Council has written in similar terms to the Secretary of State.
Information about recent cases we have taken up can be found here on the Local Applications page.