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Oxford's disused prison is to have a new use - as a luxury hotel

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Oxford County Council has given the Trevor Osborne Property Group planning permission for a £16 million conversion ofthe scheduled ancient monument which will also include a heritage museum,art gallery,information centre,craft shops,a pub and student housing.Sited in the centre ofOxford,the complex includes 12 listed buildings, several ofthem Grade I.

The oldest ofthem is St George's Tower,constructed in 1071 for William the Conqueror.English Heritage and the South East England Development Agency have given support in principle to the proposals which will provide full public access to the site for the first time.Outline designs have been produced by Trevor Osborne's inhouse conservation architects.Consultant architects will be appointed for the new-build elements.

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