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Victorian Society judicial review against Oxford Street development

Inside of prominent Tottenham Court Road corner building could be demolished

09 March, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

The Oxford Street corner block 

THE Victorian Society has issued a last ditch plea to a West End property developer to go back to the drawing board with a scheme they say will wreck a historically important set of buildings.

Property firm Derwent Valley has won permission to demolish offices behind a Victorian Grade II-listed façade and knock down an Edwardian block at the prominent corner site of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

The Victorian Society,  which is now seeking a Judicial Review into why planning permission was granted, told the Extra: “It is an attractive three-bay Edwardian commercial building with pleasing decorative detailing, which adds to Oxford Street’s impressive historic streetscape, yet no good reason has been given as to why it cannot be retained as part of the redevelopment.”

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum in its objection said “we do not find that the applicants make a convincing case for such radical alteration to a listed building”.

In its application, Derwent said: “The size of the site and the proposed large deep floor plan provides an opportunity to significantly enhance the retail offered on site by providing a world class retail store.”

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