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Mace gets its Botley development through

21 Jun 16 Mace’s scaled-back plans for the redevelopment of the former West Way Shopping Centre in Botley, Oxford, have been approved by Vale of White Horse District Council.

The West Way Place development has been designed for Mace by Make Architects
The West Way Place development has been designed for Mace by Make Architects

Plans for a £100m redevelopment were rejected in December 2014 in the face of substantial local opposition.

The revised plans still involve a substantial amount of construction, including 140 homes, a 122-bedroom hotel, 262 student flats, a new community centre and a new Baptist church.

However, the tallest buildings are now eight storeys high rather than nine.

According to West Way Community Concern, which campaigned against the redevelopment, Mace’s consultation to the scaled back plans still generated 20 responses in support but 332 objections.

However Mace development director Huw Griffiths insisted: “The West Way Place planning consent is a genuinely community led proposal shaped by  an eight month public consultation which included four meetings of a community liaison group, a series of community workshops and a public exhibition. This consultation enabled community views to be fed into the proposals, guiding the plans at every stage of the design process.

‘‘We are particularly pleased that development at West Way Place will be phased so retailers will be able to continue trading throughout the redevelopment.”

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