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Oxford Central Conservation Area Consultation

Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:08

Oxford City Council held a long overdue review of Oxford Central’s conservation area, whcich ended on 26th October.

The consultation aimed to find out what resident’s think is most important in terms of preservation but could also identify a site/s for redevelopment in Oxford’s historic centre.

The city council’s board member for planning Alex Hollingsworth said of the consultation: “This assessment will help to record what is special about the area and allow the council to make informed proposals for its future management, to ensure that its character and appearance are not harmed.

“Decisions about alterations, development and demolition will be informed by this appraisal.”

A second phase of the project will deal with detailed street analysis and prepare a management plan, according to the council.

Peter Collins, CPRE Oxfordshire Chairman said:
“This Conservation Area is of unquestionable international importance and warrants an appraisal of the highest quality fully in line with national and international standards. Oxford’s central Conservation Area is of the greatest significant within the national and county context and because of the literally iconic skyline, is a major feature in the landscape. Oxford’s Green Belt was designated in part to protect the setting of the historic city. Its significance in this respect impinges significantly on the responsibilities of neighbouring authorities as well as the City Council’s.”

Read CPRE Oxfordshire’s response to the Central Oxford (City & University) Conservation Area Appraisal, October 2018 below.

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