Oxford's Jericho Wharf boatyard 'piazza' plans approved

Jericho Wharf plans Image copyright Siahaf
Image caption The centrepiece for the redevelopment would be an open public square outside St Barnabas Church

Plans to develop a derelict Oxford boatyard into a "Venetian-style piazza" have been provisionally approved.

Oxford City Council made the decision on the £20m development at Jericho Wharf on Tuesday.

It would feature a row of townhouses and a community centre built around a large Italian-style square.

A new boatyard is also planned with two dry docks and a wet dock - a public swing bridge will give public access across the Oxford Canal.

Phyllis Starkey, from the Jericho Wharf Trust, said: "This is a positive move - but it still remains a very complicated development to deliver."

Oxford City Council had previously rejected two planning applications in relation to the site, which has been derelict for 10 years.

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Image caption The Venetian bell-tower of St Barnabas Church on the site has inspired the design of the square

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