The regeneration of Oxford's West End is an ambitious project set to revitalise the western quarter of the city centre, creating an environment that properly reflects the area's historic and social value. Oxford's West End has just entered an exciting stage in its evolution with several major regeneration projects coming forward simultaneously: the Westgate Centre, Oxpens, Oxford Station and Frideswide Square - see our Major Projects Plan for details.
These projects are part of an overarching vision for the city centre and are being managed in parallel by the Oxford Regeneration Partnership. Whilst none of these projects currently has planning consent, it is crucial for planning purposes that they are being looked at simultaneously and that their cumulative impacts and infrastructure needs are being considered.
Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have been working in partnership with the West End Steering Group (established 2006) on proposals for the West End for over a decade, recognising the need for coordination of development in the area. As construction on these major projects comes forward the two local authorities will continue to work closely with the Steering Group and developers to ensure that all work is being coordinated in such a way as to minimise disruption. At the same time, Oxfordshire County Council is reviewing and updating its transport strategy for the city centre, including the area around the Westgate Centre, Oxford Station, Oxpens, George Street, Magdalen Street and St Giles. Find out more.
Significant progress has already been achieved in the West End with the redevelopment of the Castle Quarter and Bonn Square, as well as improvements to Queen Street, New Inn Hall Street and Castle Mill Stream. The overall regeneration programme is expected to span a further decade and incorporate more than 30 individual sites and projects. These are ambitious plans that will not only revitalise the local area, creating new homes, leisure facilities and jobs, but will also transform Oxford's transport provision and underpin the city's future growth and prosperity. Some of the changes you'll start to see immediately, while others will take time. We will continue to keep you informed of the changes through this website, via our newsletter, and via our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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