Our Expertise

OPT has been described as ‘punching about its weight’. It has a strong reputation and voice on planning matters at a local and national level.

The OPT team has years of experience and professional accreditations within the fields of history, heritage and architecture. 

Headed up by OPT Director Debbie Dance OBE, MSc, FRICS, IHBC, RSA,

Supported by Katherine Jones BA (Hons), MSc, MRTPI and Katie Wylie BA (Hons), MSc.

What do we look at?

OPT is currently working on a Planning Strategy which sets out our interest in the landscape setting and views of Oxford, the public domain and the historic environment. We have a strong reputation for our professional and forward approach and work hard to uphold this and to add value with our comments and views to ensure that the Oxford of the future is one of which we can all be proud.

How do we keep in touch with changes?

We receive details of all planning and listed building applications for the District and City, and County Councils. We have a strong network of connections at a national, city wide and local level keeping us aware of issues. Large and small, masterplans, multi-million pound developments or simply a front wall and railings, they are all of interest to us in protecting and enhancing Oxford’s character.

OPT Awards

We are always on the lookout for future Award winners – see past winners and this year's Awards 2020 HERE

How planning now functions - post COVID-19

Planning remains very active within the District Councils with work going online. OPT continues to be consulted by site owners, developers and their consultant teams with plans held virtually, and site meetings taking place as necessary while keeping all the parties safe. See details of Oxford City Planning meetings HERE