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The inspector, GD Jones, acknowledged the development would free up 57 homes in the city, currently occupied by students, but sided with the council on heritage grounds citing the listed buildings nearby.
But he gave little weight to Holywell Cemetery, the burial place of Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows.
"We are sure this site can be developed into something which adds to, rather than detracts from, the area and we would be happy to talk to Merton College in the future." Oxford City Council rejected the plans in April last year but Merton College, along with developer Mc Laren Property, appealed the decision – an appeal that rejected earlier this week.
The land falls within the protected Central Conservation Area, and is bordered by the Grade II-listed Bodleian Law Library to the north, Grade I-listed St Catherine’s College to the east, Magdalen College’s Grade II-listed boundary wall and Deer Park to the south, as well as the Grade I-listed St Cross Church and Grade II-listed former St Cross School buildings to the west.
Gin houses once occupied all the frontages facing the monument.The attached Monmouth Kitchen restaurant is a minimalist dream of dark bricks, industrial lamps and ridiculously good-looking staff and specialises in Spanish and Peruvian tapas.These are not like the tapas you may have tried on holiday or your local Spanish eatery, though.Brightly-painted Neals Yard, with its cool street art, is still an alternative, free-thinking spot, home to astrologers and new age traders along with healthy food.And, as I discovered to my delight last Saturday night, one can even learn to tango dance – for free, though you might need a drink or two to find your feet.