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3 June 2013, 11:17
A planning application for more than 800 homes in a new neighbourhood in Oxford's been handed in.
Oxford City Council and its development partner Grosvenor, which together form the Barton Oxford LLP, have submitted the application for for the 38ha site to the west of Barton.
The submission of an outline planning application follows extensive public consultations with the local community and stakeholders and comprises the proposed layout and scale of the new neighbourhood along with an environmental statement, design code and planning statement.
Details of the design of the new homes and landscaping of the public open space will follow in a series of detailed planning applications.
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.
Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: "This is a major step towards the creation of an enlarged Barton community, providing much-needed homes for rent and for purchase, together with the social, retail and community facilities that will complement existing Barton facilities.
"Great care is being taken with the design of the new homes and their link to the parks and green areas within and at the edge of the development. I feel confident that this planning application will lead to the creation of a really good place to live, and I would like to thank the architects and engineers who have created the vision for the Barton of the future."
Ed Skeates, Project Director at Grosvenor, added: "The submission is a great 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.
The new primary school will sit at the heart of the community and alongside a new sports pavilion.