The Oxford Street district

Following the local election in May 2018 and well-broadcast discussions with the Mayor, which are still ongoing, Westminster City Council is now developing a new strategy which seeks to strengthen Oxford Street’s world renowned status as a great place to shop, live, work and visit whilst responding to the ‘retail revolution’. The vision for the district, as well as how this will be delivered, is set out in two documents which are currently out for public consultation: ‘The Future of the Oxford Street District’ and the ‘Draft City Plan 2019-2040’. The emerging plans are almost certain to provide development opportunities in the area which have not previously been possible.

What is in and outside the Oxford Street district?

The City Council’s scope for improvement works extends along Oxford Street from the Marble Arch gateway eastwards to Tottenham Court Road. However, to reflect how the area functions, the scope of the proposals extend to the north and south of Oxford Street and include roads both parallel and perpendicular to Oxford Street, (see map below).

The change in planning policies is likely to provide opportunities on Oxford Street for a level of F&B, leisure, events, hotel and office development which has not previously existed.

What is the City Council proposing to do?

Will the planning position change?

Yes. There will likely be fundamental changes to longstanding policies. The Draft City Plan, which is due to come in to effect in 2019, is proposing the biggest change in policy approach with regard Oxford Street for a number of decades. It will seek to provide an improved retail and leisure experience for visitors to Oxford Street that responds to innovation and change in the retail sector. The key planning changes put forward at this stage are:

Next steps

WCC has indicated that it will release a formal draft of the City Plan in January 2019 for consultation whilst Cabinet will meet in early 2019 to agree how works within the Oxford Street District should progress.
Gerald Eve will remain closely involved regarding the evolution of both documents. Should you wish to discuss these in more detail please contact Hugh Bullock or Graham Oliver.

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