The Barton Oxford LLP, a development partnership between Oxford City Council and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor) has celebrated work starting on site at Barton Park.
Work has now begun on constructing the temporary construction access from the A40.
To celebrate the start of construction, a 'ground-breaking' ceremony took place today, where Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, and Alex Robinson, Development Manager at Grosvenor, put the first spades in the ground at the site.
Speaking at the ceremony, Alex Robinson said, "This is a milestone day for the Barton Oxford LLP. We are now on site to build the infrastructure necessary for our selected housebuilder Hill Residential to start building the first homes. I look forward to seeing Barton Park start to take shape over the coming months and the first residents moving in to their new homes in 2017."
Councillor Bob Price said: "The City Council is delighted to see works starting on site at Barton Park. The planning and preparation for the new development has been a key part of our housing plans and these new homes will provide desperately needed affordable housing for the people of Oxford. We are expecting to have the plans for the first phase of housing by Hill, later this summer. Barton Park will be an example of our ambition to provide high-quality homes that are embedded in a well-connected and sustainable environment."
Barton Park will provide 885 much needed new homes for Oxford. The first phase of housing development will be delivered by Hill Residential, who will submit a planning application for the first 237 new homes later in the summer. Of these, 40 per cent of the homes, which will be a mixture of apartments and houses, will be affordable housing, which Oxford City Council has agreed to acquire.
Hill Residential will be holding consultation events to discuss emerging proposals on the following dates:
Barton Neighbourhood Centre:
Saturday 16th May - 10am-2pm.
Northway Community Centre:
Tuesday 19th May - 4-7pm.
Hill’s timetable for the delivery of the first homes at Barton Park is:
- Start on site May 2015 (for construction access and site preparation)
- Community consultation on housing details for first phase May 2015
- Start of house building summer 2016 (subject to planning)
- First residents - 2017