Nearly 800 people signed the petition to save the play are on Luxborough Street from development.
In 2009 City West Homes unveiled plans to build flats on the playground. In 2011 suggested a new Marylebone library could be built on the Luxborough Street playground site which has been boarded up since 2015. However, in 2016 the plan to build the library was scrapped due to escalating costs, costing Westminster taxpayers more than £1,387,000 in abortive costs.
Oxford Street proposals – Labour’s 12 key questions
Oxford Street is vital to Westminster’s and London’s economy. The retail sector faces huge challenges and it is imperative that the Council works with retailers, landowners and Transport for London to set a positive framework for the future. We want to see thriving businesses, busy shops, well-paid staff and satisfied shoppers from home and abroad.
As Councillors representing the West End and further afield, we understand the pressure that Oxford Street can be put on the surrounding communities in Soho, Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Marylebone. We welcome plans to extend environmental improvements north and south of Oxford Street and the Council’s broad ambition for the future of Oxford Street.
In our discussions with residents and businesses we have picked up concerns – “it’s alright as far as it goes – but the ‘devil is in the detail” is an oft repeated comment. We share that concern and await the Council’s response to 12 key questions.