Royal Mail refusal 'won't stop revamp of Oxpens'

.

.

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

THE leader of Oxford City Council has said that Royal Mail’s refusal to cooperate in the Oxpens redevelopment wouldn’t be a “showstopper”.

Bob Price was speaking after Royal Mail announced that it had no intention of moving from its Oxpens Road delivery office.

The redevelopment is expected to include houses and flats, offices, research and development space, a hotel and public square, with Oxpens Meadow preserved.

Most of the 20-acre site is owned by the city council and by the Department for Transport and negotiations are currently taking place with the four other bodies who own the rest of the land – Oxford Citizen’s Housing Association, Esso, Milton Property Investment and Royal Mail.

The Royal Mail delivery office is one of the buildings which would have to make way for the development. But a spokesman said the company has “no plans” to relocate.

Mr Price said: “Royal Mail has been talking to us for a long time now about moving to a new site but if they didn’t move that’s fine, there is no particular need for them to move.

“Their building can be retained but it just changes the nature of what goes around it.

“It would not be a showstopper, it would just make it less easy to develop in an entirely desirable way.”

Mr Price said the other landowners seemed enthusiastic about the proposals and the current initial plans have been put together on the basis that every building will be demolished. The council’s executive board is setting aside £320,000 to progress the project and hopes to reach a development agreement over the next year.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

Cyclists warned: Don't be dimwits

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

BIKE safety campaigners have warned that cyclists are risking their lives, after an Oxford Mail survey found more than half of them were riding without lights.

Football match in Banbury stopped after bottle was thrown towards the referee

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

5:18pm Saturday 25th October 2014

A FOOTBALL match was abandoned this afternoon after a bottle was thrown onto the pitch.

Extra hour tonight! Celebrate with top bands at unique Oxford gig

Oxford Mail:

1:40pm Saturday 25th October 2014

With an extra hour to enjoy - or recover with - tonight is the perfect night to celebrate one of Oxford's biggest nights of music

FOOTBALL: Rose wants to keep Oxford United climbing

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

Danny Rose is targeting a move into mid-table today as Oxford United visit Carlisle United in search of a third win in eight days.

Shhh... silent film is a reel hit with movie buffs

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

FILM buffs were given a taste of how movies used to be watched as they turned out for a silent screening in Witney.

Update: Oxford University student Isobel Priest is found safe and well

Oxford Mail:

8:49am Saturday 25th October 2014

Police have said the 21-year-old Oxford University student who was reported missing has been found safe and well.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:07pm Mon 7 Jul 14

H.J.Harris says...

Could the stance of Royal Mail be a negotiating tactic ?
Could the stance of Royal Mail be a negotiating tactic ? H.J.Harris
  • Score: -1

12:19pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Paul0 says...

This sounds like good news to me. Let's keep the Royal Mail office in a central location with good transport links so that people can get there to collect items.
I am in favour of regenerating Oxpens and building more housing -- but please, please don't banish Royal Mail, which is actually useful, to some industrial estate in the middle of nowhere, just to make it easier to build yet more offices that will probably stand empty.
This sounds like good news to me. Let's keep the Royal Mail office in a central location with good transport links so that people can get there to collect items. I am in favour of regenerating Oxpens and building more housing -- but please, please don't banish Royal Mail, which is actually useful, to some industrial estate in the middle of nowhere, just to make it easier to build yet more offices that will probably stand empty. Paul0
  • Score: 5

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree