A former Buzz Bingo at Oxford’s Ozone Leisure Park could become a multi-use leisure facility, should local planners approve a change of use submitted by Firoka (Oxford Leisure) Ltd.
The site, located opposite the Kassam Stadium, has remained vacant since Buzz reported the location was “unviable” in July 2020, closing the hall alongside 25 nationwide venues.
“We have sought to see if any other operators would be willing to take it on but there are none who would take these premises,” said a submission statement from Firoka. “The essence of this application is that by allowing broader use, we can possibly attract a new tenant.”
“If we can do that, we may help the other tenants and businesses on site by having a busier venue. Changing the use as we envisage would not have any consequences other than to improve the site’s vibrancy.”
Commenting on the future of bingo at the site, the firm added “the planning permission that we seek would not ‘lose’ the bingo use; it would allow use of the site for either bingo or for leisure, hence why we have described the use as we have.”
“At present, leisure seems the better prospect however.”