City Council opens consultation on Conservation Area boundary review

Published: Monday, 4th February 2019

The City Council opened a four-week public consultation on Monday 4 February 2019 on the review of the boundary to the Oxford Central (City and University) Conservation Area.

In September and October 2018, the Council consulted the public and stakeholders on the first stage of the appraisal. A number of responses suggested changes to the boundary to include other areas of special architectural or historic interest.

The Council has a duty to review these boundaries, and so a consultation report has been produced outlining the areas proposed by the public, and whether they are considered to be worthy of inclusion. Three main areas have been suggested for inclusion by the report:

  • The University Science Quarter: include within the Central Conservation Area, because the character and history of the area is consistent with the Central Conservation Area and the site contains a number of buildings of good architectural quality.
  • The Keble Road triangle: include with the Central Conservation Area or North Oxford Conservation Area because of the architectural and historical interest of the buildings on the site and the character of the townscape.
  • St Thomas’: include part of Hythe Bridge Road, Park End Street, the south side of Frideswide Square and the south part of St Thomas’s Street (including the church and churchyard) in the Central Conservation Area, because of its historic interest as an extra-mural medieval suburb and the survival of good quality buildings which reflect the area’s distinctive light industrial and commercial character.

Other slight amendments to the boundary are also proposed in order to reflect the development that has taken place since 1971, when the conservation area was designated.

The council would like to hear from the public about their opinions on these possible boundary alterations, and whether they agree with the recommendations.

People can comment on the proposed alterations by responding to the online consultation on the council’s website. Alternatively, submissions can also be made by email to 

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Board Member for Planning and Transport, said: “We have taken on board the responses to our first stage consultation and have produced this proposed boundary review, which we are also putting out to consultation for the public, land and building owners as well as statutory bodies to comment on. Subject to the results of this consultation, we will publish any boundary revisions on the Local Plan Proposals Map. The Council intends to adopt the revised boundary and the conservation area appraisal later in 2019.”