Planning consultancy Turley Associates has submitted a major planning application on behalf of Westgate Oxford Alliance that will see the much-needed redevelopment of Oxford’s Westgate Centre and adjoining land.
The outline planning application for the 5.7 hectare site, submitted to Oxford City Council on 20 September, will be the largest development site in the city centre and will see the creation of a vibrant retail-led mixed-use destination alongside well designed and high quality residential apartments.
Westgate Oxford Alliance is a joint venture between Land Securities and The Crown Estate. Both organisations have a clear track record of delivering exemplary city and town centre regeneration schemes.
Sara Fuge, Development Manager, Westgate Oxford Alliance said:
“Westgate Oxford Alliance’s investment in the city centre is significant and reflects our long term commitment to Oxford. We are working closely with Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and local interest groups and stakeholders to ensure this scheme meets the needs of Oxford and its visitors.”
The proposed development will see the demolition of the southern part of the Westgate Centre, northern pagoda, multi-storey car park and a small number of residential units. The scheme will create up to 81,922 sq m of retail floorspace including a John Lewis department store, 26,712 sq m of café and restaurants, 5,986 leisure use, 127 new homes and two new public squares.
The proposed development is scheduled to begin in early 2015, with opening anticipated for the end of 2017.
Sarah Stevens, director in the London office of Turley Associates said:
“The existing Westgate Centre was first opened in 1973 and subsequently refurbished and extended in 1986. It is widely acknowledged that it has become tired and needs redeveloping. This scheme will strengthen the city centre’s retail and leisure offer, reflecting Oxford’s regional role.”
Oxford City Council is expected to deliver its decision in early 2014.