Westgate Alliance, a joint venture between the Crown Estate and Land Securities Group, has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the Westgate Centre to create a new retail and leisure destination in Oxford city centre’s West End.
As per the outline planning application, the redevelopment will extend and refurbish the existing centre to create new shops, restaurants, cafes, public areas and homes.
With a series of new spaces and pedestrian-friendly streets, the redevelopment will feature 70 new shops, including a 10,000m² John Lewis department store, new cafes and restaurants and a new roof top terrace with views over the city.
The proposed project will also feature a two-storey basement car park; new cycle parking; between 27 and 122 new homes; a walkway along Castle Mill Stream and new public conveniences. The project will retain the existing Oxford Central Library.
The redevelopment project will also strengthen the activity along Old Greyfriars Street, Norfolk Street and Thames Street, improve connections to the Castle Quarter and Oxpens, and see the construction of a new east-west cycle route.
To complement the development and to ensure easy access to the Westgate centre, improvements will be made to local transport routes and surrounding streets.