Oxford Street Revitalisation
Proposed significant changes to planning controls for Oxford Street and Taylor Square are now on exhibition for public comment until Friday 5 November.
The plans would permit an additional two to four storeys on some buildings if at least 10 per cent of the floor space is devoted to cultural use. Setbacks at higher levels aim to protect heritage, with additional requirements for identified buildings. No increases to height will be permitted at The Courthouse Hotel site and the site at 276-278 Crown Street would be added to the streetscape conservation protection.
The plans include allowing increased development on the National Art School site and supportive commercial activities that complement the school activities. New activation of some sites in laneways like Arnold Place, Foley Street, Iona Lane, Verona Street, Rosebud Lane or Little Oxford Street will be promoted.
Buildings facing Taylor Square would generally be allowed increased heights, aiming to create a focal point and ‘gateway’ and there are specific proposals for these sites > HERE.
The new approach aims to encourage redevelopment and street-level activation by bringing in additional cultural uses including live entertainment, arts and design activities. Details > HERE.
Revitalisation of Oxford Street is vital and I encourage everyone interested in its future to get involved and give feedback.