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Oxford Scheme Faces Objections From Historians

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Historians have raised concerns over the loss of Oxford's medieval core, due to plans to knock down two buildings, which will be replaced by student accommodation.

Planning permission was submitted in September to demolish the former Conservative Club and 19th century Castle Hill House. The buildings will be replaced by two blocks, one with a height of three storeys and the other with four.

The Oxfordshire Archaeological and Historical Society have objected to the scheme, suggesting the proposed building will block the last remaining historic view of the castle motte from Bulwark Lane.

They also described the new building as 'substantial in size and massing' and said it would obscure the sudden rise in height between Bulwark Lane and New Road, which is a remnant from a medieval defensive ditch.

If the project is approved, a total of 52 student study rooms will be built for second-year students at St Peter's College.