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PLACE STRATEGY AND DELIVERY PLAN FOR OXFORD STREET DISTRICT
A holistic approach to urban change
Visions, Strategies, Masterplans
Oxford Street District Place Strategy and Delivery Plan
Westminster City Council
Norman Rourke Pryme
City of Westminster, London
Publica has developed the Oxford Street District Place Strategy and Delivery Plan for Westminster City Council (WCC).
The Strategy takes a holistic approach to urban change, to radically improve the streets and spaces and create an end-to-end strategy for Oxford Street and the wider district and respond to the increased pedestrian footfall that will come with the opening of the Elizabeth Line. It celebrates Oxford Street's unique identity, makes proposals to improve its streets and spaces while also extending the investment and benefits of urban change to the wider area.
Through an evidence-based approach, the streets in the district have been studied in regard to how they currently function and might be included as a part of district-wide improvements. The development of the strategy involved engagement with 40 stakeholder groups including residents, businesses, workers and young council members in order to develop a set of overarching principles and strategic proposals.
Some of the key challenges facing the District include inadequate public realm, pedestrian congestion, poor air quality and road safety, and the need to anticipate evolving retail trends and global competition. The Strategy identifies 94 projects across 87 different streets and spaces across 9 zones, and includes major improvements at Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and Cavendish Square.
The Strategy went to public consultation for six weeks on 6th November. As a part of the consultation process, WCC is hosting a range of public exhibitions and events in which those with an interest in the future of the District are invited to share their ideas. The full strategy is available here, and to share your thoughts, click here.
As part of the Delivery Plan, WCC has set aside £150 million over the next three years to help realise the Strategy for the Oxford Street District and strengthen its renowned status by making it a vibrant place to live, work and visit.