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Barton bridge

Above: Aerial view from 1992 showing most of the development area in relation to Old Headington. To the north it is bounded by the Bayswater Brook, which is behind the continuous hedge. At this point the brook marks the boundary of the city of Oxford, separating it from the green-belt land of South Oxfordshire District Council. The area south of the brook that is now Barton Park was deliberately excluded from the green belt and was already owned by Oxford City Council. See City boundary map.

Left: Plan published by the Oxford Mail in 2011 showing the area to be covered by the Barton development, surrounding the pre-existing electricity substation. The proposed bridge at Northway never happened, and there is a road crossing for buses and pedestrians only

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

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

Hill (Contractors for first phase of housing)

Mosaics Oxford (Sales & Marketing for Phase 1)

Redrow (Contractors for second phase of housing, Phase 3)

Blackwell Group (Contractors for infrastructure work including new junction)

Barton Park website

NHS Healthy New Town: Barton

Site of Barton West Before work started: the Barton Park site viewed from the Ruskin Fields with the electricity sub-station in the foreground

12 April 201512 April 2015: Trees being cleared on part of the Barton Park site, photographed from Northern Bypass

Road from Northway26 November 2015: Work starting on new junction: looking towards Foxwell Drive, Northway.
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 Gree
n.

Barton Park 2 Dec 2015 Barton Park, 2 December 2015: viewed from Northern Bypass

Barton Park, July 201714 July 2017: Barton Park viewed from Northern Bypass

8 October 20178 October 2017: the pedestrian crossing from Northway opened (but not the bus crossing)

Barton Park Phase 37 September 2019: Barton Park Phase 3 is well underway and stretches right down to the Bayswater Brook.
Work began in August 2019 following approval of in May of this massive 285-document planning application.
(Phase 2 will be built after Phase 3.)


Timeline

2009

  • (May): Land west of Barton already owned by the City Council (and which had never been included in the Green Belt) was earmarked for 1,000 homes as part of the South East Plan

2011

2012

  • (10 February to 23 March): The plans for “Barton West”, as it was then known, 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 on the Northern Bypass with houses facing that road
  • (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 campaigners in Northway to make an application for Town Green status (with reference to the site of the planned bus/bicycle/pedestrian route from Northway to Barton)
  • (5 August): End of Consultation on Town Green Application for land at Foxwell Drive Open Green Space, Headington
  • (13 November): The name of Barton Park was chosen for the new development
  • (18 December): End of consultation about the new school for the development (40 responses received)

2014

  • (July): Announcement that Cheney School would run the new school at Barton Park
  • (December): Planning Inspector dismissed the attempt to designate land at Foxwell Drive, Northway a Town Green (following Oxfordshire County Council's Town Green public inquiry in September/October 2014)
  • (December): Hill was chosen to build Phase 1 of Barton Park

2015

  • (February) £48m deal for 354 council homes at Barton Park signed off
  • (April): Oxford City Council's Parks Services department commenced work, clearing trees between the Northway estate and the northern bypass
  • (13 May): The contractors Blackwell started work on Phase 1 of the Barton Park development:
    Press release by Oxford City Council
  • (6 November): Street names were announced: the main road is to be called Barton Fields Road. The other streets are to 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 the access road from Northway to Barton Park
  • (December): 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. The council admitted it could no longer deliver 241 affordable homes over the next four years

2016

2017

  • (July ): Blackwell began work on the new Barton Park access junction from the northern bypass, which was completed by November. The pedestrian crossing between Northway and Barton Park was opened, but not the bus lane
  • (September) Mosaics Oxford began marketing the first homes at Barton Park

2018

2019

Planning applications

Listed by submission date, with planning reference in first column linked to full details on the Oxford City Council website. The references of the major applications are shown in red

No.

Date submitted
Planning Ref
Outcome

Description

1

31 May 2013

13/01383/OUT

Approved in
October 2013

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:

2

30 September 2014

13/01383/CND

Approved in November 2014

Details submitted in compliance with condition 5 (Phasing and Implementation Strategy) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT

3

24 November 2014

14/03201/RES

Approved in
February 2015

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). More specifically these works comprise:–
(a) the primary street, street furniture, on-street parking, street lighting, surface water drainage swales, associated landscaping and surface finishes;
(b) green infrastructure, the linear park, greenways, hard and soft landscaping, footpaths, cycle paths and ecological improvements;
(c) landscaping details for the approved A40 junction;
(d) buried services and utilities, foul and surface water drainage, water channels, ponds, sustainable urban drainage systems and underground storage tanks.

This reserved matters application (14/03201/RES) is accompanied by the following additional submissions in relation to conditions and non-material amendments to the above mentioned outline permission:–
(i) condition 11 – tree protection (13/01383/CND2);
(ii) conditions 24 – site-wide surface water drainage scheme (13/01383/CND3);
(iii) condition 25 – enabling infrastructure phased surface water drainage system (13/01383/CND2);
(iv) condition 26 – site-wide foul water drainage strategy (13/01383/CND3); and,
(v) non-material amendments to approved A40 junction e.g. omission of splitter island (13/01383/NMA)

4

24 November 2014

13/01383/NMA

Approved in
February 2015

Non-material amendment to outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT involving the omission of splitter island from A40 improvements

5

24 November 2014

13/01383/CND2

Approved in
February 2015

Details submitted in compliance with conditions 11 (Tree Protection Plan) and 25 (Phased Surface Water Drainage) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT

6

24 November 2014

13/01383/CND3

Approved in
February 2015

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

7

25 November 2014

13/01383/CND4

Approved in
August 2015

Details submitted in compliance with conditions 38 (Repeat Ecological Surveys) and 39 (Habitat Creation) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT

8

11 December 2014

13/01383/CND5

Approved in
May 2015

Details submitted in compliance with condition 22 (Construction Environmental Management Plan) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT

9

26 February 2015

13/01383/CND7

Approved in
March 2015

Details submitted in compliance with condition 40 (Archaeology) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

10

26 February 2015

13/01383/CND8

Approved in
March 2015

Details submitted in compliance with condition 29 (Air Quality) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

11

7 July 2015

13/01383/CND9

WITHDRAWN

Details submitted in compliance with conditions 38 (Repeat Ecological Survey) and 39 (Habitat Creation) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

12

17 December 2015

15/03642/RES

Approved in
March 2016

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. 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

13

11 January 2016

16/00067/RES

Approved in
April 2016

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

14

15 February 2016

16/00442/RES

Approved in
May 2016

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

15

16 June 2016

13/01383/CND15

Approved in
October 2016

Details submitted in compliance with condition 36 of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

16

9 August 2016

13/01383/CND16

Approved in
October 2016

Details submitted in compliance with condition 30 (Piling) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

17

30 November 2016

13/01383/CND19

Approved in
March 2017

Details submitted in compliance with condition 12 (Landscape management plan) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

18

14 December 2016

16/02002/RES

Approved in
December 2016

Erection of community sports pavilion with associated car and cycle parking and landscaping (Reserved Matters of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT)

19

14 September 2017

15/03642/CND

Approved in
March 2018

Details submitted in compliance with condition 2 (planning permission) of planning permission 15/03642/RES” (re Controlled Parking Zone)

20

14 September 2017

13/01383/CND20

Approved in
October 2017

Details submitted in compliance with condition 20 (Highways Travel Plan) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT (Residential Travel Plan)

21

4 December 2017

13/01383/CND21

Approved in
March 2018

Details submitted in compliance with condition 6 (Materials) of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT

22

14 February 2018

16/02002/NMA

Approved in
March 2018

Non-Material amendment to planning permission 16/02002/RES to allow reduction of roof, lowering of roof, omission of raised terrace and associated balustrading, replacement of metal doors to external timber doors to plant room, inclusion of painted timber cladding, inclusion of photovoltaic panels and change of internal structure

23

30 June 2018

16/02002/CND

Approved in
September 2018

Details submitted in compliance with condition 1 (Piling methods statement) of planning permission 16/02002/RES

24

17 Jan 2019

13/01383/CND22

Approved in
February 2019

Details Submitted in compliance with condition 22 (CEMP) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

25

1 Mar 2019

19/00518/RES

Approved in
August 2019

Details of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance, and landscaping) for third phase of the Barton Park development, pursuant of condition 3 of the outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT. The works comprise the construction of 207 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, including a substation

26

26 Mar 2019

19/01167/CC3

Approved in
May 2019

Full permission for the development of a new 1.5 FE primary school including nursery, community hub and SEN provision with details of vehicle access and hard and soft landscaping, and (2) outline permission for expansion of the school to 2FE with details of access, siting and massing to be approved at this stage 

27

2 April 2019

13/01383/CND23

Approved in
May 2019

Details submitted in compliance with condition 24 (Site wide surface water drainage) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

28

19 April 2019

19/00962/RES

Approved in
July 2019

Reserved matters of outline planning permission 13/01861/OUT for the erection of an electricity substation (retrospective)

29

10 May 2019

15/03642/NMA5

Pending

Non-Material Amendment to planning permission 15/03642/RES to allow minor adjustment to plot 162 rear garden due to clear space requirements around built and operational electricity substation

30

22 May 2019

16/02002/CND2

Approved in
July 2019

Details submitted in compliance with condition 2 (verification report - contaminated land) and condition 3 (watching brief contaminated land) of planning permission 16/02002/RES

31

29 May 2019

19/01213/FUL

Approved in
July 2019

Demolition of existing allotment hut and erection of 2no. shipping containers, 1no. toilet and associated landscaping

32

12 Sep 2019

15/03642/NMA6

Approved in
October 2019

Non-Material amendment to planning permission 15/03642/RES to allow the relocation of:
Block I in Area D 1.2m to the east;
the tertiary street in Area D 1.2m to the east;
the landscaped one-way loop in Area D 1.2m to the east;
and the redesign of the tertiary street immediately adjacent to the one-way loop to a permanent carriageway width of 4m

33

17 Oct 2019

19/00518/CND

Pending

Details submitted in compliance with condition 2 (Means of enclosure), 3 (Means of enclosure) 6 (landscape scheme), and 10 (ecological enhancements) of planning permission 19/00518/RES

34

2 Dec 2019

19/00518/CND2

Pending

Details submitted in compliance with conditions 5 (Watching brief) and 8 (further hard and soft landscape plan for Parcel 3) of planning permission 19/00518/RES

Press reports

From Oxford Mail unless otherwise stated

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Further development in the area

Christ Church land to north-west of Barton Park and at Wick Farm to the north-east

Called the Bayswater Oxford Development plan: details here

Bayswater Farm

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

The following planning application was submitted in 2014 by Cala Homes (Chiltern) Ltd to both South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxford City Council was approved by both councils. It relates to 39 and 41 Waynflete Road (under Oxford City Council) and the land behind (under South Oxfordshire District Council):

“Demolition of existing pair of semi-detached houses (39 and 41 Waynflete Road). Erection of 52 houses and flats (including 40% of net increase as affordable homes) in single-storey buildings, two-storey buildings, and two-storey buildings with rooms in roofs (47 dwellings proposed off Waynflete Road and 5 detached dwellings off Bayswater Farm Road). Construction of roads and footpaths including new accesses off Waynflete Road and Bayswater Farm Road. Provision of open space, parking, garages and landscaping. NB Demolition of existing houses, estate road and only part of new build in Oxford City District”.

The plans were approved by South Oxfordshire District Council in August 2016:

The description is identical on plans submitted to Oxford City Council, except that it did not include the last sentence. The proposal to demolish two houses in Waynflete Road to provide an access road was agreed by the East Area Planning Committee in September:

The preliminary construction management plan for this new development, submitted by Cala Management Ltd in 2016, was approved in December 2016.

Cala Homes marketed the new homes at prices ranging from £300,950 to £715,950.

© Stephanie Jenkins

 

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