Eric Pickles to decide on the Westgate plans

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GOVERNMENT ministers have 21 days to intervene on the Westgate redevelopment.

Because the proposals fall outside Oxford City Council’s development plan, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, must be given three weeks to decide whether he wants to call the planning application in.

Outline proposals for the redevelopment were given planning permission by the city council on Tuesday.

City councillor Colin Cook, the executive board member for city development, said: “We have a plan which says this is the city centre area where we want to see some more retail and the development extends into the Abbey Place car park more than we thought it might, which means it is technically outside that area.

“This means it is classed as a departure from our development plan and has to be referred to the Secretary of State.”

Developers the Westgate Alliance are hoping to open the new £400m shopping centre in 2017.

It would have a 110,000 sq ft John Lewis store as well as shops, cafes, restaurants and a cinema.

A previous attempt to redevelop the shopping centre was referred to then Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in 1999 and was thrown out because of heritage concerns.

But Mr Cook said this time he was “optimistic” the Government would back the scheme.

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10:08am Thu 13 Mar 14

Quentin Walker says...

What happened to the grand idea of 'localism'?
What happened to the grand idea of 'localism'? Quentin Walker
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12:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

King Joke says...

I don't know what you mean Quentin - this is perfectly in line with the Tory principle of localism. Other examples:

- Council tax caps imposed by Whitehall
- Conversion of schools to academies imposed by Whitehall
- Planning authorities bypassed in LEPs
etc
etc
I don't know what you mean Quentin - this is perfectly in line with the Tory principle of localism. Other examples: - Council tax caps imposed by Whitehall - Conversion of schools to academies imposed by Whitehall - Planning authorities bypassed in LEPs etc etc King Joke
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12:24pm Thu 13 Mar 14

gans shakes says...

I agree with Mr Walker. This is something that should be left to our local voice, and not Mr Pickles. Our City Centre is struggling with crippling costs of rents throughout the High Street. If Mr Pickles rejects this our MP, Nicola Blackwood, should be held to account in the next General Election.
I agree with Mr Walker. This is something that should be left to our local voice, and not Mr Pickles. Our City Centre is struggling with crippling costs of rents throughout the High Street. If Mr Pickles rejects this our MP, Nicola Blackwood, should be held to account in the next General Election. gans shakes
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4:37pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Doctor69 says...

As long as there's a pie shop i reckon pickles will be on board!
As long as there's a pie shop i reckon pickles will be on board! Doctor69
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9:16pm Fri 14 Mar 14

exposegov says...

MR Pickles/? (Councils/Communitie
s) No Communities and awfult councils that we came across . This man is strange. He has had time to submit fotos of himself to the press and discuss his "BODY WEIGHT". He also discusses his "BISCUIT PRICES" in long articles. But what does he do about the huge amount info sent to him gathered during a 12 yrs traipse round London looking for truth and honesty in 30 govt orgs. He goes silent.. The inf o clearly indicatesi avoid deaths and coroner mal practice on a scale beyond belief. The Coroners controlled of course by councils. MR Pickles has not bothered to enter into ant dialogue whatsoever. The data now includes loads councils throughout uk. This info is so dramatic that the BBC told us to hide it abroad.. The 12 yrs work findings are now 1000pp in extent.Yet so far 5 ministers have avoided communication inc Cameron and his witney office too.The story is being distributed throughout Oxfordshire and it baffles us why the people concerned wont mind loosing their lucrative jobs. He even has the gall to sent back a paragraph saying- "YOUR MAIL MIGHT NOT BE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS DEPT.". So hes nothing to do with councils is he. Well lets have all the money back he has been paid. Heres an example of a council that pickles has failed to contact us about- its Manch city, we caught a inquest goung on there org by a coroner who is paid £150.000 a yr. The hearing was sposed to be re a mental health death. we found out that the Coroner had no knowledge of mental health and certainly not about clinical issues.. because we are about the fastest Psychotherapists in uk or was till they forced us to stop, we started to make some enquiries at the council and the Coroner does not reply but gets a clerk to do so. we sent mails to the chief exec of the council and he would not reply either so we tried the councillors and then the NHs trust and Hosp who was involved in the death. No one replied.inc the Manch even News paper. We have a huge amount info on other issues to do with councils and charities and community issues but no dialogue. We say this is a massive anomaly.


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MR Pickles/? (Councils/Communitie s) No Communities and awfult councils that we came across . This man is strange. He has had time to submit fotos of himself to the press and discuss his "BODY WEIGHT". He also discusses his "BISCUIT PRICES" in long articles. But what does he do about the huge amount info sent to him gathered during a 12 yrs traipse round London looking for truth and honesty in 30 govt orgs. He goes silent.. The inf o clearly indicatesi avoid deaths and coroner mal practice on a scale beyond belief. The Coroners controlled of course by councils. MR Pickles has not bothered to enter into ant dialogue whatsoever. The data now includes loads councils throughout uk. This info is so dramatic that the BBC told us to hide it abroad.. The 12 yrs work findings are now 1000pp in extent.Yet so far 5 ministers have avoided communication inc Cameron and his witney office too.The story is being distributed throughout Oxfordshire and it baffles us why the people concerned wont mind loosing their lucrative jobs. He even has the gall to sent back a paragraph saying- "YOUR MAIL MIGHT NOT BE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS DEPT.". So hes nothing to do with councils is he. Well lets have all the money back he has been paid. Heres an example of a council that pickles has failed to contact us about- its Manch city, we caught a inquest goung on there org by a coroner who is paid £150.000 a yr. The hearing was sposed to be re a mental health death. we found out that the Coroner had no knowledge of mental health and certainly not about clinical issues.. because we are about the fastest Psychotherapists in uk or was till they forced us to stop, we started to make some enquiries at the council and the Coroner does not reply but gets a clerk to do so. we sent mails to the chief exec of the council and he would not reply either so we tried the councillors and then the NHs trust and Hosp who was involved in the death. No one replied.inc the Manch even News paper. We have a huge amount info on other issues to do with councils and charities and community issues but no dialogue. We say this is a massive anomaly. P exposegov
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