Once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform Oxford West End and Osney Mead moves forward

Published: Wednesday, 22nd June 2022

The West End and Osney Mead development, which will provide a balanced mix of uses including new homes, and a range of new innovative businesses built throughout the West End of Oxford, moves closer.

The West End and Osney Mead area of Oxford city centre lies between Osney Mead to the west and Oxford Train Station to the north, Oxford Ice Rink to the south, and St. Aldates to the east.

The area is set to undergo a once-in-a-generation transformation over the coming years, with projects including:

  • Network Rail’s redevelopment of Oxford Train Station to create new tracks and provide better east-to-west routes
  • The OxWed partnership’s redevelopment of Oxpens, in land between the train station and ice rink, to create a range of new, innovative business units, together with 400 new homes
  • Nuffield College’s redevelopment of the ‘island’ of buildings between Park End Street, Hythe Bridge Street and Worcester Street

The West End redevelopment also aims to improve links to the University of Oxford’s redevelopment of Osney Mead industrial estate, including creating a new foot and cycle bridge between Oxpens and Grandpont.

Proposals are progressing at differing rates for key sites in the area, such as Oxpens and Oxford Station, by individual landowners.

A West End and Osney Mead Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been drafted that aims to bring together overarching design principles for the large number of developments – each with different landowners – that are happening in the West End of Oxford. The aim is to co-ordinate public realm improvements, infrastructure, transport and movement and design across the area.

The West End and Osney Mead SPD was prepared following an initial consultation with local people in March and April 2021, which helped to inform the vision for the area.

On 15th June the City Council’s Cabinet agreed to go out for another round of public consultation on the Draft West End and Osney Mead SPD document. The public consultation is scheduled to start on 29th June.

Separate public engagement exercises will also be taking place later in the year for proposals on individual sites such as Oxpens, the Island site and the station.