Oxford City Council and its development partner Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, which together form the Barton Oxford LLP, have secured a resolution to grant outline planning approval for their proposed new neighbourhood at Barton.
The approval relates to the proposed layout and scale of the new neighbourhood along with an environmental statement, design code and planning statement and means that up to 885 much needed new homes will be delivered alongside a new primary school. Support for additional educational provision is being negotiated as part of the Section 106 agreement for the scheme.
Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, says: “The approval is a fantastic 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.”
Ed Skeates, Project Director at Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, added: "This is a very important milestone for the project and will provide much needed homes, together with sporting, retail and community facilities that will complement existing Barton, Northway and Headington.
“Great care has been taken with the design and layout, emphasising the link to existing and new parks and natural features to make this a very unique place. We will be taking the first phase to the market in the forthcoming months and the planning is a clear note of confidence to the market that this project is on track to deliver.”
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.
The outline planning permission will see 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 alongside a new sports pavilion.
Details of the design of the new homes and landscaping of the public open space will follow in a series of detailed planning applications from selected housebuilders.
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.