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Westgate Alliance planning process is well under way
6:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
The Westgate Alliance is expected to submit an outline planning application in the autumn, followed by a full application next year.
Work on the project, which will include a new underground car park, a John Lewis department store and housing, is expected to start in 2014 and continue until 2017.
The development is also expected to pave the way for the long-awaited pedestrianisation of Queen Street and St Ebbe’s Street, with relocated bus stops and a new route for buses linking Speedwell Street with Castle Street.
Oxford City Council is also working on a masterplan for the Oxpens area. Initial proposals include 125 houses and 172 apartments, a 150-room hotel and new student accommodation.
If the masterplan is approved, the council will have to select a developer for the project and will then sell the land. Work is expected to begin in 2015.
As part of Network Rail’s £300m plan to revamp the rail infrastructure in the city, a new station will have been built on the site of the existing one by 2019.
Network Rail wants to add a third platform to the west of the station by the youth hostel and replace the Botley Road bridge to cater for the extra track, also widening the road space below.
Network Rail has not yet revealed when work will start.
Transport proposals for the station area and the northern part of the city centre are being developed and will be presented for consultation in due course.
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