£60m shopping centre development delayed

Published:  11 May, 2017

Planning permission on Templars Square redevelopment pushed back

Oxford City councillors had originally set a meeting to decide on the Templars Square project on 31 May, but the city council has said it is postponing the planning committee meeting for another week.

Developer NewRiver wants to transform the centre to include more than 200 new homes, new shops, a hotel and two new restaurants. If plans are approved by Oxford City Council, the 470-space Castle Car Park would also be knocked down.

Explaining the decision to delay the meeting, city councillor for Cowley David Henwood commented: “Officers are waiting for additional information from NewRiver, and we felt it would be in the best interests for all concerned to move the meeting to facilitate this. This is a major redevelopment project, and care needs to be taken on the detail of the scheme. The public briefing will remain unchanged.”

The planning committee meeting will now be held on Monday 5 June at the Town Hall.

Ahead of the meeting there will be a chance for residents to have their say on Wednesday, 24 May at 6pm also at the Town Hall, which will include presentations and briefings on the shopping centre project, with the public welcome to attend.

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