Barton Park shortlisted for planning partnership award

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2019

Oxford’s Barton Park housing development has been shortlisted in the Partnership Working category at the national Planning Awards 2019.

Barton Park is the result of a partnership between Oxford City Council and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, who created the joint venture company Barton Oxford LLP to deliver the new development.

The joint venture is working with a number of private house builders for different phases of delivery to build more and better homes faster. When construction is complete the 885-home development will include 354 homes at social rent, let through the council’s housing company to applicants on the housing register.

As well as a “tenure blind” mix of social and market housing Barton Park will create a new community, including a new primary school with community hub, two children’s play areas, a food store, and sports and leisure facilities.

It will also include a 10-acre park, improvements to existing allotments, two civic squares and community gardens to encourage social integration of the new and existing communities.

Encouraging healthy lifestyles is built into the fabric of the new development, which is also funding extensive health improvement activity in Barton’s existing community. This includes health and wellbeing activities in the community and the redevelopment of Barton Neighbourhood Centre to provide better GP, sports and community facilities. As a result, Barton Park was chosen as one of only ten sites in NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme.

The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 4 June at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

Councillor Mike Rowley, Board Member for Housing, said: “Oxford City Council and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland created Barton LLP as a joint venture to work with developers and create a new community in Barton, and I am delighted that our work so far has been recognised. The partnership is allowing us to develop high design quality housing while working to integrate the new development with Barton’s existing community in a healthy and sustainable way.”

Alex Robinson, Strategic Land, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “We’re very proud of Barton Park’s shortlisting for the Planning Awards. Our partnership with Oxford City Council shows what can be achieved when the public and private sectors team up to tackle the housing crisis, creating a design-led, sustainable community that people want to call home.”