Changes made to £400m Westgate plans

thisisoxfordshire: Changes made to £400m Westgate plans Changes made to £400m Westgate plans

CHANGES have been made to the £400m Westgate redevelopment plan following concerns from heritage experts.

The Westgate Alliance, which has submitted its amended proposal to Oxford City Council, has lowered some of the buildings and changed the layout near Thames Street.

Sara Fuge, development manager for the Westgate Alliance, said: “The revisions have sought to take on board comments made by the city council, statutory consultees and the local community.”

The new plans also include more window displays and entrances to the shops.

English Heritage, Oxford Civic Society and Oxford Preservation Trust all raised concerns about aspects of the proposals including the height – one part of it was initially higher than Carfax Tower, which is 18.2m.

Debbie Dance, director of the Preservation Trust, said: “We look forward to what’s being proposed to see how it addresses the issues.

“We all recognise the importance of developing the Westgate and we want it to be done in the very best way for Oxford.”

If approved, the development would feature about 70 new shops, including a John Lewis department store, cafes, restaurants and up to 122 homes.

A decision on the planning application is expected to be made by a committee of city councillors early this year.

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9:57am Thu 23 Jan 14

Patrick, Devon says...

Did the concerns about transport and bus routes get addressed? These were far more important than the height of the building.
Did the concerns about transport and bus routes get addressed? These were far more important than the height of the building. Patrick, Devon

10:08am Thu 23 Jan 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Anybody taking bets on when, or if, they'll actually start building?
Anybody taking bets on when, or if, they'll actually start building? Dilligaf2010

11:31am Thu 23 Jan 14

Koworld says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
Anybody taking bets on when, or if, they'll actually start building?
2054
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: Anybody taking bets on when, or if, they'll actually start building?[/p][/quote]2054 Koworld

12:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

colinharry says...

Whats happening to the houses that are next to the car park? will they stay???
Whats happening to the houses that are next to the car park? will they stay??? colinharry

1:17pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

It's a real shame that, back then, the builders and engineers of Oxfordshire weren't as skilled as the builders and engineers in the North.

Durham Cathedral tower is over 66 Metres tall - more than 3x taller than Carfax

Just think how much better Oxford would be if past residents hadn't been quite so happy with short and dumpy.
It's a real shame that, back then, the builders and engineers of Oxfordshire weren't as skilled as the builders and engineers in the North. Durham Cathedral tower is over 66 Metres tall - more than 3x taller than Carfax Just think how much better Oxford would be if past residents hadn't been quite so happy with short and dumpy. Andrew:Oxford

2:56pm Thu 23 Jan 14

King Joke says...

Patrick, Devon wrote:
Did the concerns about transport and bus routes get addressed? These were far more important than the height of the building.
Yes they were more important, and no they haven't been addressed, yet.
[quote][p][bold]Patrick, Devon[/bold] wrote: Did the concerns about transport and bus routes get addressed? These were far more important than the height of the building.[/p][/quote]Yes they were more important, and no they haven't been addressed, yet. King Joke

3:23pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Patrick, Devon says...

King Joke wrote:
Patrick, Devon wrote:
Did the concerns about transport and bus routes get addressed? These were far more important than the height of the building.
Yes they were more important, and no they haven't been addressed, yet.
That doesnt surpise me at all. Oxford frets about views, while the whole place just grinds to a halt.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patrick, Devon[/bold] wrote: Did the concerns about transport and bus routes get addressed? These were far more important than the height of the building.[/p][/quote]Yes they were more important, and no they haven't been addressed, yet.[/p][/quote]That doesnt surpise me at all. Oxford frets about views, while the whole place just grinds to a halt. Patrick, Devon

3:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

robbo81 says...

I reckon if they break soil it'll be 2018 and finished by 2028 in it's entirety however I think (and I'm not even kidding here) that we'll see the rapid expansion of somewhere like Bicester with a shopping centre even bigger before Oxford sorts itself out. I wouldn't even be surprised if Bicester became the administrative capital of the county.
I reckon if they break soil it'll be 2018 and finished by 2028 in it's entirety however I think (and I'm not even kidding here) that we'll see the rapid expansion of somewhere like Bicester with a shopping centre even bigger before Oxford sorts itself out. I wouldn't even be surprised if Bicester became the administrative capital of the county. robbo81

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