Covered Market Masterplan consultation

Closed 23 Oct 2022

Opened 10 Sep 2022

Overview

Oxford City Council is seeking views from local people on a proposed ‘masterplan’ to update Oxford’s historic Covered Market for the 21st Century.

These views will be used by the Council to refine the draft masterplan, which sets out proposals for a multi-million pound regeneration of the market to secure its long-term future. 

This includes a number of proposed new measures, including a new ‘public square’ in the heart of the market and a new ‘pedestrian-friendly’ space on Market Street. 

The draft masterplan has been informed by public workshops held in 2021. Members of the public said they wanted to see a lively, diverse market with more places to sit and socialise, making it a thriving part of the city centre throughout the day and into the evening​.

There has also been significant engagement in 2021 and 2022 with Covered Market Traders and other city centre stakeholders. Their input has informed the latest proposals and the Council continues to engage on a one-to-one basis with the Traders most affected by the proposals. 

The creation of new spaces will make the Covered Market more accessible to more people and improve connections with surrounding streets. 

The latest proposal can be viewed here in one go. Alternatively, you can review them section by section when responding to the survey.

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You can take part in the consultation by reviewing the information and completing an online survey through the link below. There are also large-format images in the windows of a unit in the middle of the Covered Market, which you are welcome to review. We well be hosting some drop-in consultation events there, where you can meet our staff and express your views in person. Please see the details at the bottom of this page.

Events

  • Drop-in consultation event at the Covered Market central square (part of Oxford Open Doors festival)

    From 10 Sep 2022 at 10:00 to 10 Sep 2022 at 15:00

    Pop in to the public consultation space in the Covered Market to have your say on the City Council’s ‘masterplan’ proposals for updating the grade-II-listed building for the 21st century. Officers from the council will be in the public consultation space, a unit next to the central communal square in the market, in order to explain the proposals and gather your feedback. This event will be a great chance to see large visuals on-location, so you can get a real sense for the council’s vision for a new ‘public square’ in the heart of the market, a new ‘pedestrian-friendly’ space on Market Street and improved entrances into the Market.

  • Drop-in consultation event at the Covered Market central square

    From 27 Sep 2022 at 11:00 to 27 Sep 2022 at 15:00

    Pop in to the public consultation space in the Covered Market to have your say on the City Council’s ‘masterplan’ proposals for updating the grade-II-listed building for the 21st century. Officers from the council will be in the public consultation space, a unit next to the central communal square in the market, in order to explain the proposals and gather your feedback. This event will be a great chance to see large visuals on-location, so you can get a real sense for the council’s vision for a new ‘public square’ in the heart of the market, a new ‘pedestrian-friendly’ space on Market Street and improved entrances into the Market.

  • Drop-in consultation event at the Covered Market central square

    From 29 Sep 2022 at 11:00 to 29 Sep 2022 at 15:00

    Pop in to the public consultation space in the Covered Market to have your say on the City Council’s ‘masterplan’ proposals for updating the grade-II-listed building for the 21st century. Officers from the council will be in the public consultation space, a unit next to the central communal square in the market, in order to explain the proposals and gather your feedback. This event will be a great chance to see large visuals on-location, so you can get a real sense for the council’s vision for a new ‘public square’ in the heart of the market, a new ‘pedestrian-friendly’ space on Market Street and improved entrances into the Market.

  • Drop-in consultation stall at the Town Hall as part of Oxford Older People's Day

    From 5 Oct 2022 at 10:00 to 5 Oct 2022 at 15:00

    Join us at the Town Hall as part of the Oxford Older People's Day. We will have one of 68 stalls on the first floor of the Town Hall. We will explain the City Council’s ‘masterplan’ proposals for updating the grade-II-listed Covered Market for the 21st century and will gather people's feedback. This event will be a great chance to see large visuals on screen while talking it through with project officers, so you can get a real sense for the council’s vision for a new ‘public square’ in the heart of the market, a new ‘pedestrian-friendly’ space on Market Street and improved entrances into the Market.

  • Drop-in consultation event at the Covered Market central square

    From 11 Oct 2022 at 11:00 to 11 Oct 2022 at 15:00

    Pop in to the public consultation space in the Covered Market to have your say on the City Council’s ‘masterplan’ proposals for updating the grade-II-listed building for the 21st century. Officers from the council will be in the public consultation space, a unit next to the central communal square in the market, in order to explain the proposals and gather your feedback. This event will be a great chance to see large visuals on-location, so you can get a real sense for the council’s vision for a new ‘public square’ in the heart of the market, a new ‘pedestrian-friendly’ space on Market Street and improved entrances into the Market.

  • Zoom (virtual) presentation and discussion

    From 12 Oct 2022 at 17:30 to 12 Oct 2022 at 19:00

    Please email tmaxwell@oxford.gov.uk if you would like to join a virtual presentation and discussion about the City Council’s ‘masterplan’ proposals for updating the grade-II-listed building for the 21st century. Officers from the council and architects will present the proposals before opening out to a discussion.

  • Drop-in consultation event at the Covered Market central square

    From 13 Oct 2022 at 11:00 to 13 Oct 2022 at 15:00

    Pop in to the public consultation space in the Covered Market to have your say on the City Council’s ‘masterplan’ proposals for updating the grade-II-listed building for the 21st century. Officers from the council will be in the public consultation space, a unit next to the central communal square in the market, in order to explain the proposals and gather your feedback. This event will be a great chance to see large visuals on-location, so you can get a real sense for the council’s vision for a new ‘public square’ in the heart of the market, a new ‘pedestrian-friendly’ space on Market Street and improved entrances into the Market.

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Planning Services
  • Community Services
  • Regeneration & Economy Services
  • Regulatory Srvices and Community Safety Services