Oxford City Council and its development partner Grosvenor, which together form the Barton Oxford LLP, have submitted the planning application for a new neighbourhood on the 38ha site to the west of Barton.
The submission of an outline planning application follows extensive public consultations with the local community and stakeholders and comprises the proposed layout and scale of the new neighbourhood along with an environmental statement, design code and planning statement. Details of the design of the new homes and landscaping of the public open space will follow in a series of detailed planning applications.
Key features of this application are:
Up to 885 new homes, 40% of which will be affordable homes
Retail space suitable for a food convenience store or similar
Two children’s play areas
A linear park, communal gardens and allotments
A new junction onto A40
A potential hotel
A community hub that comprises:
A primary school
A multi-use games area
An adult sports pitch
Two junior sports pitches
A community sports pavilion
Multi-use community space which will complement the existing community centre.
Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: "This is a major step towards the creation of an enlarged Barton community, providing much-needed homes for rent and for purchase, together with the social, retail and community facilities that will complement existing Barton facilities.
"Great care is being taken with the design of the new homes and their link to the parks and green areas within and at the edge of the development. I feel confident that this planning application will lead to the creation of a really good place to live, and I would like to thank the architects and engineers who have created the vision for the Barton of the future."
Ed Skeates, Project Director at Grosvenor, added: "The submission is a great step forward in delivering a vibrant and exemplar new sustainable community in Oxford. We're hopeful that the new homes and community facilities will add value to those that live and work in the area and that the delivery of the park, community hub and retail facilities will act as a catalyst to improve the area's vitality and viability.
"The team has been out to look at 'the best in class' developments in terms of design and community engagement across the UK and Europe and, by working in partnership with Oxford City Council, to start delivering new homes from late 2015."
The masterplan outlines the creation of three distinctive areas, which will be integrated with the neighbouring communities and the wider city. The new primary school will sit at the heart of the community and alongside a new sports pavilion.
For further information about the new neighbourhood at Barton please visit www.bartonoxford.org.uk.
For more information contact:
Naomi Curtis/Sorrel Basher, Press Office
020 7312 6479/6101
Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through our skills in placemaking anddesign, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. The core portfolio comprises 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in London, which first came into the Grosvenor family in 1677. Ownership and active management of its London estate remains at the heart of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s strategy. Investment assets comprise the largest part of its portfolio. Grosvenor Britain & Ireland also undertakes development across London, and in selected city centres around the UK. As at 31 December 2012, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £4.8bn.