Two-week public inquiry into a proposed compulsory purchase order which will allow the extension, redevelopment and improvement of the Westgate Centre and surrounding highways for a £500m mixed-use scheme with a substantial retail element. The scheme will not only assist in realising commercial retail aspirations for Oxford, but will support Oxford in maintaining its sub-regional status and provide a focus for regeneration of Oxford’s West End. The development will be carried out by the Westgate Partnership, of which the main partner is Capital Shopping Centres plc.
By the conclusion of the inquiry, all of the statutory objectors attending the inquiry had withdrawn their objections.
On 30th April 2008, the Secretary of State confirmed the CPO in accordance with the recommendations of the Inspector following the conclusion of the inquiry.
David Elvin QC and Charles Banner appeared for the promoters, Oxford City Council and the Westgate Partnership.