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Barton neighbourhood scheme given green light

Oxford City Council's planning committee has resolved to grant outline planning permission to proposals by the Council and its development partner Grosvenor Britain and Ireland to create a new 885-home garden suburb to the west of Barton.26 Sep 2013

As well as the new homes, of which 40% will be affordable, the plans for the 38 hectare site include retail space, two children's play areas, a park, communal gardens, a new junction onto the A40 and a potential hotel.

The scheme will also have a community hub comprising a primary school, a multi-games area, three sports pitches, a community sports pavilion and multi-use community space.

The Council said that the outline permission will see the creation of "three distinct areas" which will be integrated with neighbouring communities and the wider city. It said that details of the design of the new homes and landscaping of the public open space will follow in a series of detailed planning applications.

 

“The approval is a fantastic step forward in delivering a vibrant and exemplar new sustainable community in Oxford," said Council leader Bob Price in a statement. "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 welcomed the decision which he said was "a clear note of confidence to the market that this project is on track to deliver". “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."  

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