Our ambition for the Oxford Street District
Westminster City Council is creating a long term and ambitious vision for the whole of the Oxford Street District that will strengthen its world renowned status as a great place to live, work and visit.
We will deliver a programme that will improve and enhance the district as a global destination with thriving residential neighbourhoods, acknowledged as the place to do business as well as offering an unrivalled visitor experience.
Within our coherent and district wide programme we will ensure that Oxford Street strengthens its reputation as the nation’s favourite high street. Our strategy will support our ambition and respond to the big challenges the district faces; from a rapidly evolving retail environment; to a place that must cater for greater numbers of people; to providing more attractions and for Oxford Street to be a better neighbour to its district. All of this is essential if the district is to remain relevant in the face of strong national and global competition.
Our Key Points
We want to help create a positive future for the Oxford Street District as a key part of the West End and we will listen to everyone with an interest in making it a success.
We want a district wide strategy that enhances the distinct character and heritage and provides solutions that are focused on improving the experience and liveability of the place.
We have an in-depth understanding of the District and we will be coming forward with a set of ambitious projects that respond to the many challenges and opportunities.
Early work on the strategy indicates there will be more space for pedestrians with their safety, beautiful green spaces and better public realm all as priorities to allow the District’s commercial and residential neighbourhoods to flourish.
Publication of cabinet report
Westminster City Council’s Cabinet will meet on 25th October to make a decision on the content of a draft Place Strategy and Delivery Plan and if agreed the approach towards consultation with the public. In accordance with the council’s constitution, the accompanying papers for that meeting are now available to view and the press release is available here. However, no decision will be taken until the Cabinet meets on the 25th October to take the formal decision.
The Council will want to hear from everyone who has an interest in the success of the Oxford Street District to participate in the public consultation which will start on 6th November for six weeks until 16th December, particularly those who live, do business in, work in or visit the district regularly. We’ll make sure there are many different opportunities and ways to share your views with the team.
The public consultation is scheduled to run from 6th November for six weeks until 16th December. Once the consultation is closed, the team will look at every response received and then bring forward a strategy for the Council’s Cabinet to consider at a meeting in early 2019.
Cabinet takes decision
Once all the consultation responses have been analysed, a report will be prepared for the Cabinet in order for them to take a decision regarding the Oxford Street District Place Strategy, which will also have an accompanying delivery plan. The exact date for this meeting has not yet been confirmed but the papers for the public meeting will be published on the council’s website at www.westminster.gov.uk.
Draft Place Strategy and Delivery Plan
Westminster City Council’s Draft Place Strategy and Delivery Plan will set out a series of recommendations and actions to significantly improve the quality and experience of the Oxford Street District. Our strategy will be informed by in-depth research into the needs of the district, as well as from engagement with local residents, workers, businesses and visitors.
The strategy and plan will provide proposals of exemplar projects across the district and, will identify a long list of projects that could be delivered by the council and its stakeholders from 2019.
The council is currently engaging with our stakeholders to help inform the development of a Draft Place Strategy and a Delivery Plan for the entire district.
Early work on the strategy alongside the audit of comments received via previous consultations indicates that the following key themes need to be covered:
- Public realm quality, identity and place
- Pedestrian experience, safety and security, access (residents, workers and visitors)
- Approach to movement traffic and transport, options (buses, taxis, cycling, cars) including air quality
- Freight, servicing and kerbside activity
- Economy and employment, retail environment/visitor experience
- Mix of uses, including evening life
- Cultural life (national/international, youth, art, existing assets, play)
- Sustainability including landscape, trees, greenery and ecology
- Management and enforcement
A District-wide Programme
Oxford Street is recognised as a leading retail destination, visited by millions of people each year. The unique setting of this historic street, weaving through several distinctive and historic neighbourhoods, including Marylebone, Soho and Mayfair, that provides a character and vibrancy that cannot be matched anywhere else. However, it also faces some significant challenges.
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