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Westgate Centre plans backed by Oxford City Council officers
Officials have said the redevelopment should be supported but it will still need to receive the backing of councillors at a planning committee next week.
Once complete the shopping centre will feature a 10,000sq m John Lewis store as well as cafes, restaurants, shops and a cinema.
If approved on Tuesday the developer – the Westgate Alliance – hopes to begin construction work at the end of this year, bringing an end to 15 years of waiting.