Oxford North – preliminary comments
The latest plans for Oxford North (ex-Northern Gateway) are flawed and still too vague.
22 July 2018
The latest plans have made some changes but the problem at the moment is the general lack of detail. We hope this will be put right when the formal planning application is submitted.Read more
EasyHotel in Summertown
We urge refusal of the planning application
11 December 2017
EasyHotel's proposal to build a 180-bed hotel in Summertown is inappropriate for the area, would add to congestion and pollution and have a serious impact on parking. If developed, this site should make a significant contribution to Oxford's housing shortage.Read more
Seacourt Park & Ride Extension
Our response to the planning application
26 November 2017
The proposal to extend Seacourt Park & Ride has become a controversial issue. Oxford's two MPs and the County Council have opposed it. As part of our normal scrutiny of planning applications we have sent our own response which we reprint here.Read more
25 Wellington Square redevelopment
Response to the 2nd public consultation on 25 Wellington Square
1 November 2017
We regret that the latest design has departed from this approach in favour of the currently fashionable “egg box” style which is proliferating in various new university buildings. This appears to have been done as a cost saving measure and without regard to the preservation of heritage and the impact on the surrounding Conservation Area. We hope that the change in façade design will be reconsidered.Read more
Manor Place “not a battle between heritage and housing”
What is being proposed at Manor Place does nothing to help the serious crisis in housing.
14 February 2017
Your front-page headline last week: “Need for new homes puts city’s heritage under threat” was seriously misleading. The proposed development does nothing to help the serious crisis in housing. It is not even intended to contribute to the accommodation needs of Oxford University. Both the University and site owners Merton College have confirmed they have no intention of using the accommodation themselves and the developer concedes that this is simply a speculative commercial project, aimed at any ‘student’ seeking accommodation in Oxford.Read more
Manor Place student housing
Our objections to the developers' appeal.
2 October 2016
We consider that the appellants have failed to allay any of our concerns expressed in our letter of objection to the original application. We have previously pointed out the inadequacy of the information on how views will be affected. We reiterate our view that this proposal, if approved, would result in considerable environmental harm.Read more
Oxford Central West seminar report
The report of February's seminar has been published.
12 May 2016
The workshop demonstrated that the old Parish of St Thomas offers space to enlarge the city centre to service a greater Oxford. If it is developed imaginatively it can help provide affordable housing, generate better jobs, solve transport problems, help reduce pollution and improve the quality of life for all. This will not be achieved without many years of effort. A full report of the day's procedings has been produced and is freely available for download.Read more
Oxford Central West
A unique chance to create a new gateway to our historic city.
17 February 2016
Several key sites including the large area around Oxford Station and Oxpens; land on both sides of the railway; the area between Hythe Bridge Street and Park End Street, and the Osney Mead industrial estate are likely to be redeveloped over the next ten years. This offers a unique chance to create a new gateway to our historic city, a first class transport interchange, space for a range of employment and much needed housing.Read more
Your Oxford – Your Future – Your Say
An experiment in open consultation
17 February 2016
We have set up a website where you can tell us what they think about a particular part of Oxford Central West, or indeed the whole area. We will be publicising this as widely as possible with the slogan ‘YOUR OXFORD – YOUR FUTURE – YOUR SAY’.Read more
Oxford Station concept designs
Response to Public Exhibition 14th – 29th December 2015
10 January 2016
The overriding objective for a new station for Oxford should be how well it works as a genuine transport interchange. But all the designs presented seem to offer poorer connections between rail, cycle, bus, car and taxi, than the existing station. We have commented on each of the six concepts in detail.Read more