Land Fronting 65 Cornmarket Street Oxford OX1 3HB
2 July 2017
Application for prior approval to install a call box.
We object to the siting of this call box. No evidence is provided that there is any significant need for such a facility at this location. Cornmarket is already thronged with pedestrians, and the imminent opening of the new Westgate shopping centre will certainly lead to an increase in such traffic. The installation of more obstructions to the pedestrian area would be perverse; yet it is noted that the applicants propose multiple installations in close proximity, in Cornmarket, Queen Street and St Aldate’s; none should be permitted. All these are some of Oxford’s principal commercial streets, containing some fine buildings. Whilst the architecture is compromised in some instances by inappropriate shopfront designs, this is no justification for allowing the further degradation of the built environment by the installation of more, unnecessary street clutter.