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14th February Press Release

Cabinet set to give green light on plans to future-proof the iconic Oxford Street District

Westminster City Council’s Cabinet is expected to decide at its meeting on 25th February to approve changes to the draft Place Strategy for the Oxford Street District and give the green light for proposals that will deliver much needed works to improve the district. A recent consultation showed strong support for the council’s fresh approach with design and modelling work planned to start in Spring and physical works getting underway in autumn 2019, subject to relevant approvals.

The overall ambition is to strengthen the world-renowned status of the entire Oxford Street District to ensure it will be a great place to live, work and visit and to secure its long-term future. The draft Place Strategy promoted a set of 15 overarching place-based principles and 96 projects to help deliver the ambition for the district. The Council has already set aside £150m of funds from its capital budget to kickstart world-class improvements throughout the area.

The Place Strategy was subject to public consultation from 6th November to 16th December 2018 and the analysis of the responses has been shared with the Cabinet in order to inform a decision about what will happen next. The headlines of the consultation are as follows:

* There was a total of 2,154 completed consultation responses

* 66% of overall respondents said they supported the Place Strategy principles

* 73% of resident respondents said they supported the Place Strategy principles

The consultation results and next steps will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on 25th February. The supporting papers have been published on the council’s website, including a full consultation analysis, management plan information and proposals for future governance and engagement. A business case that will include a more detailed delivery schedule will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting on 8th April.

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