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Above: Aerial view showing most of the development area (it tapers off to both west and east, beyond the range of the photograph). It will reach the continuous hedge to the north and surround the electricity substation in the middle.

 

Left: Plan showing area of the Barton development published by the Oxford Mail in 2011

 

Both images © Newsquest (Oxford), reproduced by kind permission of the Oxford Mail

 

City boundary map

Barton Park website

Barton Oxford LLP (Limited Liability Partnership),
a joint venture between Grosvenor Developments Ltd and Oxford City Council

Latest news:

Foundations for the homes are now being laid:

The contractors Blackwell issued this project update on 15 November 2016.

The access road from Northway to Barton Park was completed in May 2016, and housebuilders Hill started work in July:

Changes in local government rules forced the city council to consider whether to transfer its £52.3m stake in Barton Park – for 354 council homes – to a housing association or a new housing company:

In November 2015 work started on the access road from Northway to Barton Park, and the photograph below was taken on 26 November 2015. This land at Foxwell Drive was the subject of Oxfordshire County Council's Town Green public inquiry in September/October 2014, but in December 2014 the Planning Inspector dismissed the attempt to turn it into a Town Green.

Road from Northway

On 6 November 2015 the city council announced the street names chosen for the Barton Park estate

Planning permission for the first 237 homes at Barton Park was granted on 2 March 2015:

12 April 2015
12 April 2015: Part of the Barton Park site, with trees being cleared

Barton Park 2 Dec 2015 Barton Park, 2 December 2015

Timeline

2009

  • (May): City Council land west of Barton was earmarked for 1,000 homes as part of the South East Plan

2011

2012

  • (10 February to 23 March): The plans were subject to a second six-week public consultation
  • (13 April): The Barton Area Action Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State
  • (16–19 July): Public hearings were held in the Town Hall. The city was forced to drop its boulevard plan for a 40mph speed limit and its insistence on houses facing the ringroad.
  • (14 November): The Planning Inspector approved the Barton West development
  • (17 December): The full city council approved the Barton West development

2013

  • (January): Planning Inspector ruled out the inclusion of the Ruskin Fields in the development
  • (June): Oxfordshire County Council allowed the application for Town Green status by campaigners in Northway, which could affect the Barton link road, to go ahead.
  • (5 August): Consultation on Town Green Application for land at Foxwell Drive Open Green Space, Headington closed
  • (18 October): Outline application (seeking means of access) for the erection of: A maximum of 885 residential units (Class C3); a maximum of 2,500 sqm gross Class A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5 uses (with a maximum of 2,000 sqm gross foodstore Class A1); a maximum of 50 extra care housing units; a maximum of 7,350 sqm GEA hotel (Class C1); a maximum of 3,000 sqm GEA Class D1, D2 floorspace (community hub and primary school); in development blocks ranging from 2 to 5 storeys with associated cycle and car parking, landscaping, public realm works, interim works and associated highway works was approved:
    13/01383/OUT
  • (13 November) Name of Barton Park chosen for new development
  • (18 December): End of consultation about the new school for the development (40 responses received)

2014

  • (July): Announcement that Cheney School will run the new school at Barton Park
  • (14 Aug): Details submitted in compliance with condition 28 (Ground contamination and remediation) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved:
    13/01383/CND6
  • (20 November): Details submitted in compliance with condition 5 (Phasing and Implementation Strategy) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved:
    13/01383/CND
  • (December): The Planning Inspector dismissed the attempt to turn land at Foxwell Drive, Northway as a Town Green, following Oxfordshire County Council's Town Green public inquiry in September/October 2014. The plans are to build an access road from the land to Barton Park

2015

  • (19 February): Non-material amendment to outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT involving the omission of splitter island from A40 improvements approved:
    13/01383/NMA
  • (19 February): Details submitted in compliance with conditions 11 (Tree Protection Plan) and 25 (Phased Surface Water Drainage) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved:
    13/01383/CND2
  • (19 February): Details submitted in compliance with conditions 24 (Site Wide Surface Water Drainage Scheme) and 26 (Site Wide Foul Water Drainage Strategy) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved:
    13/01383/CND3
  • (23 February): Details of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) for a scheme of Enabling Infrastructure Works (such as utility services, earthworks, drainage/attenuation and roadworks), pursuant to conditions 3 and 4 of the outline planning permission for the mainly residential development of the site (13/01383/OUT) approved:
    14/03201/RES
  • (16 March): Details submitted in compliance with condition 40 (Archaeology) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved:
    13/01383/CND7
  • (27 March): Details submitted in compliance with condition 29 (Air Quality) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved:
    13/01383/CND8
  • (April): Oxford City Council's Parks Services department commenced work, clearing trees between the Northway estate and the northern bypass
  • (1 May): Details submitted in compliance with condition 22 (Construction Environmental Management Plan) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved:
    13/01383/CND5
  • (13 May): Work started on Barton Park development
  • (7 July): Details submitted in compliance with conditions 38 (Repeat Ecological Survey) and 39 (Habitat Creation) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT:
    13/01383/CND9 WITHDRAWN
  • (3 Aug): Details submitted in compliance with conditions 38 (Repeat Ecological Surveys) and 39 (Habitat Creation) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved:
    13/01383/CND4
  • (7 July): Details submitted in compliance with conditions 38 (Repeat Ecological Survey) and 39 (Habitat Creation) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT:
    13/01383/CND9 WITHDRAWN
    Subsequent application 13/01383/CND10 submitted in August also appears to have been taken down
  • (6 November): Street names announced: the main road will be called Barton Fields Road, and the other streets will be named after flora and fauna and people with a strong connection to Barton, including Vashti de Montfort Wellborne, John Boyce, and Barry Holden
  • (23 November): Work started on access road from Northway to Barton Park
  • (17 December): Details of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) for the first phase of the Barton Park development, pursuant to Condition 3 of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT approved. The works comprise the construction of 237 residential units (Class C3) with associated means of access and highways works; car and cycle parking; hard and soft landscaping; public realm works and ancillary structures:
    15/03642/RES

2016

  • (11 January): “Details of reserved matters (access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for the community sports facilities comprising a relocated natural turf adult sports pitch, multi-use games arena, 3G pitch lit by 12 x 10m light columns and a natural turf pitch adjoining the community hub, along with associated car parking, fencing, and vehicular and pedestrian access together with locally equipped area of play”: approved in April
    16/00067/RES
  • (15 February): “Reserved Matters approval for improvements to the existing allotments and outbuilding, associated fencing, services and associated car parking together with a community garden including pedestrian and cycling links and new tree planting and associated landscaping” approved in May
    16/00442/RES
  • (16) June : “Details submitted in compliance with condition 36 of planning permission 13/01383/OUT” approved in October:
    13/01383/CND15
  • (9 Aug): “Details submitted in compliance with condition 30 (Piling) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT” approved in October:
    13/01383/CND16
  • (30 Nov): “Details submitted in compliance with condition 12 (Landscape management plan) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT”
    13/01383/CND19
  • (14 December): “Erection of community sports pavilion with associated car and cycle parking and landscaping (Reserved Matters of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT)” approved:
    16/02002/RES

Press reports and press releases

From Oxford Mail unless otherwise stated

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Barton Park is being built around the electricity sub-station in the middle of this photograph.
In the foreground are the Ruskin Fields, running down to the northern bypass


Possibility of further development?

Christ Church land to north

Christ Church has written to Oxford City Council to say that in the long term it would be interested in “exploring potential opportunities to work with the city council to bring forward land that could help serve and support the Barton strategic development site”. Their fields can be see to the north in the photograph at the top of this page.

Bayswater Farm

In 2013, South Oxfordshire District Council earmarked the Bayswater Farm site for development to the north-east of Barton. This 2.2 hectare site could fit in up to 75 homes.

© Stephanie Jenkins

 

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