A public consultation has opened on the City Council’s draft appraisal on the North Oxford Victorian Suburb Conservation Area and will run until 14 April 2017.
The draft appraisal was prepared in discussion with local residents and interest groups and seeks to define and record the special character and interest of the area to help inform how it is managed in the future. The appraisal is used by the City Council to help make decisions about alterations, development and demolition.
North Oxford Victorian Suburb – the residential area lying to the north of the historic core of Oxford - was designated as a Conservation Area between 1968 and 1976. This designation reflects the unique character of the area and its significant architectural and historical interest.
The land ownership from the 16th century into the 20th century, and the topography, enabled the area to be laid out as a planned suburb. A small number of architects were responsible for most of the buildings in the area hence the shared distinctive features such as large gardens, wide streets and abundant trees.
The public consultation opened on 7 March 2017 and local residents and groups are invited to take part and share their views on the draft appraisal until 14 April when it closes. The feedback will help the City Council to understand how the community values the area.
Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Board Member for Planning and Regulatory Services, said: “We’d like to know what you feel is special about the suburb; this could be your favourite building, view, street, vista, or anything else you feel to be an important part of the area’s special character and appearance. Let us know what you think might strengthen it, and whether or not you agree with the suggested proposals to protect what is special about the historic interest in the area.”