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Oxford planning roundup: ‘immersive’ 3D cinema and 5G mast


PLANS for a 3D cinema, VR cafe, hair salon and 5g mast are just a few highlights of this week’s planning roundup.

Arrival of a new wine bar

Planning reference: 22/00286/FUL

Where: 16 North Parade Avenue Oxford OX2 6LX

Proposal: The North Parade could have a new wine bar, after an application was submitted to convert what was once the Tarus Gallery into Foxhounds Wine Bar. The town planners requested permission to change the use of the building from a display or retail sale of goods to a drinking establishment. They also requested permission to install a front rise and train outboard seating. The site is part of Character Zone 7 of the North Oxford Victorian Suburb Conservation Area.

Planners said: “The proposal is to create a wine bar that provides an intimate space for locals and visitors to enjoy a casual experience with a glass of wine and a bite to eat (no hot cooked food).

“The work includes the installation of a bar and wine bar lounge area (seating 28) and upgrading of the existing kitchen, men’s and women’s toilets.”

Oxford Castle District Revitalization – 3D Cinema and VR Race Cafe

Planning reference: 22/00132/FUL, 22/00126/FUL, 22/00135/FUL

Where: 6 & 4 Oxford Castle and Old Prison Site New Road Oxford OX1 1AY,

Huge planning requests have been submitted for the Oxford Castle District, including proposals for an “immersive” 3D cinema, “The Fuel Café” (a virtual reality racing cafe) and a discovery centre. These were submitted by the new leisure company, Gateway Attractions Ltd.

Developers who hope to ‘revitalise’ Oxford Castle and Gaol have explained in plans to Oxford City Council that ‘although Oxford continues to be a major draw for tourist visitors, the town lacks a major commercial attraction for visitors”.

READ MORE: Huge plans for 3D cinema and virtual race track at Oxford tourist attraction


Planning reference: 22/00103/FUL

Where: 36 Garsington Road Oxford OX4 2LG

Proposal: Joshua Chand has submitted a retrospective application to convert his existing property into a hair salon within the existing one-storey side extension. The only change to the landscape is the addition of a room for garbage cans and bicycles. There is only one president and one employee. Due to the layout, with a separate entrance and therefore access from the side extension to the rest of the property, the planners said there would be no impact on the occupants of the main property.

Treatz dessert bar

Planning reference: 22/00143/ADV

Where: 105 London Road Headington Oxford OX3 9AH

Proposal: An upcoming Headington dessert parlour, Treatz, has applied for planning permission to put up four signs. Two are overhead panels and two are fascia panels. They are gold and black, with ‘The ultimate company’ and ‘Treatz’ written on them.

The dessert chain’s new addition is located on the site of the former Barclays bank on London Road, which closed in 2020, and is due to open in late March.

They will serve a range of sweet treats, including waffles, pancakes, ice cream, cookie dough and cakes, as well as milkshakes and mocktails.

READ MORE: Treatz will open a new branch in Headington

Storage for the food bank at Hall of the Saint-François church

Planning reference: 22/00249/FUL

Where: St Francis Church Hall Hollow Way Oxford Oxfordshire OX3 7JF

Proposal: Canon Geoff Bayliss of Cowley Team Ministry has submitted a planning application for a single storey portable cabin at the rear of the site to provide food storage for the Oxford Community Emergency Food Bank. The works are already finished.

New 5g mast

Planning reference: 22/00345/FUL

Where: West of Littlemore Roundabout Eastern By-Pass Road Oxford Oxfordshire OX4 4RN

Clarke Telecom offered an upgrade of an existing radio mast to a 5g mast for Cornerstone. They will do this by removing the supporting radio equipment from the existing 15m Slim Monopole on Eastern By-Pass Road, Rose Hill, and replacing it with a 20m Slim Monopole.

5g is the latest wireless infrastructure upgrade, with benefits such as faster download speeds.

Public Health England’s advice on the health impact of 5G reads: “There may be a slight increase in overall radio wave exposure when 5g is added to an existing network or in a new area. However, the overall exposure is expected to remain low compared to the recommendations and as such there should be no consequences for public health.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital and Broadband Matt Warman said “5g has the potential to transform the way we live and improve economic productivity”

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