West Way Place project in Oxford given the go-ahead

Vania Goncalves 22 Jun 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Oxfordshire’s Vale of White Horse Planning Committee has approved Mace’s planning application to redevelop the former West Way shopping centre in Botley, Oxford, UK.

The project, called West Way Place, is set to become a mixed-use retail centre, which will include 140 new homes, a 122-bed Premier Inn, 321 car parking spaces and a 1,325sq m Co-Op store.

The development will also involve the construction of 262 university-related student rooms, a new Baptist church, and a new community centre incorporating a public library.

Mace’s development director Huw Griffiths said: ‘The West Way Place planning consent is a genuinely community-led proposal shaped by an eight month public consultation which included four meetings of a Community Liaison Group, a series of Community Workshops and a public exhibition.

“This consultation enabled community views to be fed into the proposals, guiding the plans at every stage of the design process.

“We are particularly pleased that development at West Way Place will be phased so retailers will be able to continue trading throughout the redevelopment.

“Mace are proposing a direct let leasing model for the student accommodation but also have interest from Oxford’s two Universities. Retail tenants will include a mix of new and existing tenants.”

Construction work is expected to commence in 2017.

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