The City of Westminster Major Planning Committee granted consent for a new vibrant destination on the site of Marks and Spencer Marble Arch on November 23rd 2021 following public engagement with key stakeholders, the local community, visitors and workers by Kanda on behalf of Marks and Spencer
The vision is to redevelop the site to create a new vibrant destination at the western end of Oxford Street, through a landmark mixed-use building with flexible retail space accommodating a new full-line Marks & Spencer Marble Arch store, best-in-class Prime Grade A sustainable offices and a world-class public realm, contributing to Westminster City Council’s emerging vision for the Oxford Street district. The masterplan proposals gained consent at the November Westminster City Council Major Planning Committee following a phased engagement strategy delivered by Kanda.
These engagement activities took place in a hybrid format, with a mixture of face-to-face meetings and virtual presentations. An online exhibition and postal exhibition was set up to give the local community the opportunity to view the proposals in detail and give their feedback to help shape the plans for the future of the site. To address the challenges for those members of the community who are unable to access the internet, a phoneline and postal address were provided for consultees to utilise.
The engagement was productive, with the majority of consultees supporting the re-provision of a full-line Marks & Spencer store and recognising the economic benefits the development will bring to the West End.
This was also noted at committee, with members welcoming M&S’ commitment, and investment in the long-term future of Oxford Street, as well as the additional benefits to the public realm and additional greening.
We are delighted that the application was consented and look forward to the positive benefits this scheme will bring for the future of Oxford Street as a world-class retail destination.