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Ambitious plans to build a new neighbourhood at Barton can now move forward following the adoption of the Area Action Plan (AAP) at last night's Full Council meeting at Oxford Town Hall.
The AAP sets out the policies that will determine how the site to the west of Barton can be sustainably developed to provide 800-900 new homes as well as local amenities, including a primary school, food store and park.
The document is part of the Oxford Local Plan - the overall framework for planning in Oxford from 2001 to 2016. It will form the basis of a planning application decision which will be made in 2013.
Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: "This is the final step in a long process that dates back through several phases of consultation and inspection.
"An adopted AAP means we can now move quickly to deliver a high quality new neighbourhood that benefits not only the new residents but surrounding communities also while helping to address Oxford’s massive housing shortfall."
Oxford City Council and its development partner Grosvenor, which together form the Barton Oxford LLP, have recently carried out further consultation on the master plan which has been developed against the framework of the AAP.
Ed Skeates, Project Director at Grosvenor added: "Adopting the AAP is great news for the Barton development. The masterplan, following a successful series of engagement programmes, is progressing well and we're on track to submit a planning application in spring 2013. We're hopeful that the new homes and community facilities will be delivered in time for residents to enjoy early in 2014."
The master plan includes:
A planning application for the first phase of housing and infrastructure is likely to be submitted in the spring.
Agenda and reports of the Full Council meeting can be viewed on our Committees pages. A video of the meeting will be uploaded shortly.
For further information about the new neighbourhood at Barton please visit the Barton Oxford website.
Released on Tuesday 18 December 2012