We offer written advice about the prospect of proposed development gaining planning permission. Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2003 we charge a fee for this service. This charge is to recover the cost of providing the service and not to deter applicants and their agents from engaging in pre-application discussions.
To make an application for pre-application advice please use the use the online form to submit an application and make payment by debit or credit card. Please read the fee schedule and guidance notes to the right before making an application.
All prospective applicants and developers are encouraged to make use of the pre-application service as the scope to negotiate changes to an application once it has been submitted are limited. Our approach to negotiating submitted applications is outlined in the document to the right.
Submitting supporting documents
If you need to submit documents or drawings in support of a planning application, you can do using the online form (right). The documents/drawings will need to be in PDF format and be no more than 10mb per file.
Larger home extensions
On 9 May 2013, secondary legislation was laid before Parliament which will increase the size of single-storey rear extensions which can be built under permitted development. For a period of three years, between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2016 (subsequently extended for a further three years until 30 May 2019), householders will be able to build larger single-storey rear extensions under permitted development. For further guidance, please see the downloads and links to the right of this page.
Permitted development enquiries
If you would like to establish whether or not your proposed development requires planning permission, please refer to the Planning Portal http://www.planningportal.gov.uk for guidance. If you require a legal determination in relation to your enquiry please apply for a 'Certificate of Lawfulness' for the proposed development via the Planning Portal. Unfortunately the Council does not currently have the resources to respond to permitted development enquiries informally.
Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay planning consultant fees. It complements the work of local planning authorities, but is wholly independent of them. Please use the link at the bottom right of this page for further details.
Local planning and design guidance
In addition to the Local Plan and SPDs (Supplementary Planning Documents) that are published on the Planning Policy webpage we have produced a range of other guidance documents to assist in decision making. These are listed in the top two tables below. The top tables list the more formal SPGs (Supplementary Planning Guidance). The documents listed towards the bottom of both tables are informal planning guidance, however these can also be used as a material consideration in the determination of a planning application.
|Title||Status||Publication/ Adoption Date||Adobe Acrobat (PDF) or link|
|The non-statutory Cherwell local plan||Non statutory local plan||December 2004||Interactive Non Statutory Local Plan|
|Affordable housing code of practice||This document has now been superseded by the draft planning obligations SPD - July 2011||April 2004 with addendum 2007||Affordable Housing - Code of Practice (172kb)|
|Building in harmony with the environment||Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)||November 1998||Building in Harmony with the Environment (6.5Mb)|
|Countryside design summary||Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)||June 1998||Countryside Design Summary (2.2Mb)|
|Design and layout of employment sites - A guide||Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)||November 1996||Design and Layout of Employment Sites (1.0Mb)|
|Planning advice for farmers on siting and design of farm buildings||Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)||Planning advice for farmers on siting and design of farm buildings (40kb)|
|Residential and amenity open space provision||This document has now been superseded by the draft planning obligations SPD - July 2011||Adopted July 2004, with revised adoption procedures February 2006||Residential and Amenity Open Space Provision (1.9Mb)|
|Conservation areas and appraisals (for a full list follow the link on the right)||Conservation area||Conservation area appraisals|
|Draft planning obligations||Draft supplementary planning document||July 2011||Draft Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (4.7Mb)|
|Interim guidance on planning obligations||Interim guidance||June 2007||Interim Guidance on Planning Obligations (123kb)|
|Windows and doors in historic buildings (Planning guide 1)||Informal planning guidance||2007||Windows and Doors in Historic Buildings (345kb)|
|Hot food & takeaways (Planning guide 2)||Informal planning guidance||1994||Hot Food and Takeaways (120kb)|
|Conservation areas - A general guide (Planning guide 4)||Informal planning guidance||May 2010||Conservation Areas a General Guide 4 (123kb)|
|Listed buildings a guide for owners and occupiers (Planning guide 5)||Informal planning guidance||October 2007||Listed Buildings a Guide for Owners and Occupiers (223kb)|
|Design Guide for the Conversion of farm buildings||Informal planning guidance||2002||Conversion of Farm Buildings (386kb)|
|Colour palettes||Informal planning guidance||June 1996||Colour Palettes (2.5Mb)|
|Home extensions and alterations design guide for householder planning applications||Informal planning guidance||March 2007||Home Extensions and Alterations Design Guide (546kb)|
|Planning and waste management design guide||Informal planning guidance||October 2009||Cherwell Planning and Waste Management Design Guide (348kb)|
|Subdivision||Informal planning guidance||February 2011||Subdivision (1.5Mb)|
|Shop fronts and advertising||Informal planning guidance||2002||Shop Fronts and Advertising (2.1Mb)|
|Planning guidance on the residential amenity impacts of wind turbine development||Information planning guidance||February 2007||Wind Turbine Guidance (426kb)|
Along with district-wide guidance we produce site specific guidance to inform developers and members of the public of its policy objectives and aspirations for a particular site or area.
|Site||Title||Status||Publication/ Adoption Date||Adobe Acrobat (PDF)|
|Banbury: Regeneration Area East||Banbury regeneration area East||Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)||April 2004||Banbury Regeneration Area East (2.8Mb)|
|Bicester: Land between Manorsfield Road and Sheep Street||Land between Manorsfield Road and Sheep Street Bicester||Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)||November 2004||Land between Manorsfield Road and Sheep Street Bicester (2.7Mb)|
|RAF Upper Heyford||RAF Upper Heyford revised comprehensive planning brief||Supplementary planning document (SPD)||2007||RAF Upper Heyford Revised Comprehensive Planning Brief (4.6Mb)|
|Banbury, Bicester & Kidlington||Urban design strategies - Banbury Bicester and Kidlington||Informal planning guidance|
|Banbury, Bicester & (4.7Mb)|
|Banbury: Dashwood School||Planning and design guide - Conversion of Dashwood School||Informal planning guidance||October 2007||Planning and Design Guide for Dashwood School (1.2Mb)|
|Banbury: Orchard Way||Proposed redevelopment of Orchard Way Banbury||Informal planning guidance||July 2008||Orchard Way Development Guidance (924kb)|
|Banbury: Standbridge Hall||Stanbridge Hall development principles||Informal planning guidance||February 2006||Standbridge Hall Development Principles (1.3Mb)|
|Bicester: Bryan House||Redevelopment of Bryan House - informal development principles||Informal planning guidance||December 2008||Bryan House Redevelopment Principles (706kb)|
|Bicester: RAF Bicester||RAF Bicester planning brief||Informal planning guidance||December 2009||RAF Bicester Planning Brief (2.2Mb)|
|Bicester: St. Edburg's School||St Edburg's School informal development principles||Informal planning guidance||October 2008||St. Edburg's School Informal Development Principles (1.8Mb)|
|Bicester: Old Place Yard||Draft Development Principles - Old Place Yard Bicester||Draft informal planning guidance||April 2007||Draft Development Principles - Old Place Yard Bicester (April 2007) (1.3Mb)|
|Kidlington: Co-op||Co-op car park Kidlington - development principles||Informal planning guidance||2005||Development Guidance for Co-op Car Park Kidlington (209kb)|
Many of the above documents are informed by technical documents commissioned by the Council to support the planning process.
|Site/ Area||Title||Author||Publication Date||Adobe Acrobat (PDF)|
|Banbury Landscape Map (Pen and Ink) - Frank Tool||Frank Tool||1828||Banbury Landscape Map (1828) (778kb)|
|Banbury||The Industrial Heritage of Banbury||Oxfordshire County Council and the Royal Commission||1997||The Industrial Heritage of Banbury (4.6Mb)|
|Banbury: Canal||Heritage Audit at site adjacent the canal, Banbury||British Waterways||2003||Heritage Audit at Site Adjacent the Canal, Banbury (2.8Mb)|
|Banbury: Canal||Industrial Archaeology Survey of the Oxford Canal Corridor, Banbury||Birmingham University Archaeological Unit||November 2001|
|Bicester: RAF Bicester||RAF Bicester Urban Capacity Study||CGMS||October 2003||RAF Bicester Urban Capacity Study (2.2Mb)|
|RAF Upper Heyford||RAF Upper Heyford Conservation Plan||ACTA||September 2005|
|RAF Upper Heyford||RAF Upper Heyford - Building Survey||Airfield Research Publishing||March 1996||RAF Upper Heyford - Building Survey (4.5Mb)|
|RAF Upper Heyford||RAF Upper Heyford - Landscape Character Assessment of the Airbase South of the Cold War Zone||ACTA||March 2006||RAF Upper Heyford - Landscape Character Assessment (3.6Mb)|
- [PDF] Accessing Planning Guidance (359kb)
- [PDF] Pre-app Guidance (1.0Mb)
- [PDF] Pre-application Fee Schedule (600kb)
- [PDF] Negotiating Protocol (352kb)
- [PDF] Lawful Development Certificates - A User's Guide (92kb)
- [PDF] Larger Home Extensions (28kb)
- [PDF] Guidance on the permeable surfacing of front gardens (710kb)