Barton Park in Oxford, a development by the Barton Oxford LLP (a partnership between Oxford City Council and property investment and development company Grosvenor Developments Limited), has been selected as one of 10 NHS Healthy New Town demonstrator sites.
The NHS England plans to create a series of NHS-supported ‘healthy new towns’ across the country, covering more than 76,000 new homes with potential capacity for approximately 170,000 residents.
The NHS will work with landowners and developers to help shape the way these new sites develop, bringing together renowned experts to showcase what’s possible by joining up design of the built environment with modern health and care services.
Barton Park, a 94 acre planned residential-led scheme, was selected as one of 10 towns that prioritises the long term health and well-being of its residents in design and development.
Peter Vernon, Chief Executive Officer, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, commented: “Thoughtful urban design that encourages and enables wellbeing is essential to building great neighbourhoods. Our ambition for Barton Park is to exemplify this approach, promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
“We are very pleased Barton Park has been selected as an NHS Healthy New Town demonstrator site and we look forward to working with the NHS closely on the project.”
Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “There is a shocking 10-year difference in average life expectancy across different parts of the city.
“The City Council has prioritised work with Public Health to tackle health deprivation in those areas for many years and I am delighted that Barton Park has been chosen as a demonstrator site for the NHS England Healthy New Towns project.
“The scheme will investigate and then lead the way in improving the links between good housing, healthy living and how local services can be designed to put health improvement at the heart of our communities.”
Debra Elliott, Director of Commissioning, NHS England, South Central, said: “We are delighted that Barton Park has been selected to be part of NHS England’s national Healthy New Towns programme.
"We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to create a new town and suburb respectively that is focused on enabling residents to live healthy, independent lifestyles with access to modern technology-enabled primary care.”
Barton Park is located to the north east of Oxford and close to the A40, with excellent links to Oxford city centre which is just a 20 minute cycle ride away and within close access of the new Oxford Parkway railway station, which has direct services to London Marylebone.
Key features of the scheme include 885 new homes, as well as a new primary school, food convenience store, two children’s play areas, communal gardens and allotments and a new junction onto the A40. A brand new community hub is planned, incorporating a new primary school, a multi-use games area, an adult sports pitch, two junior sports pitches, a community sports pavilion and a multi-use community space to complement the existing community centre.
A new linear park introduces a landscaped green space alongside Bayswater Brook, including ponds with platforms, bridges, a boardwalk through existing trees on the site, and a jogging trail with fitness stations.
The NHS invited bids to become “health new towns” in February 2016 and attracted 114 applications from local authorities, housing associations, NHS organisations and housing developers.
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Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
GBI’s mission is to create and recreate inspiring places and neighbourhoods, delivering value for customers, shareholders and co-investors with its place-making expertise.
It owns, develops and manages a diverse property portfolio in cities across Britain and Ireland. Business units are focused on its London estate - 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in the heart of the UK’s capital - and developments elsewhere in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton. As at 31 December 2014, GBI had £5.2bn of assets under management.