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Barton Park development

An area on the Headington side of the Bayswater Brook adjoining Barton that was owned by the city council was excluded from the Green Belt and included within the city of Oxford (City boundary map). It was originally described as Barton West.

The 36 hectares of land comprising the site was transferred by the city council to Barton Oxford LLP. It is wrapped around 3.9 hectares of land owned by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), and while the electricity substation will stay in its current location, half of the SSE land could be developed in future.

The new housing estate is still being developed. Of the 885 new homes, 354 will be let at social rent, owned and managed by Oxford City Housing Limited.

The ancient footpath running from Old Headington (Stoke Place) to Elsfield runs through the middle of the site.

Situation as at end of 2021

Phase 1: Hill has completed all of its 237 homes (“Mosaics”)

Phase 2: Redrow hopes to have completed 60 out of 207 homes by the end of 2021 (“The Steeples”)

Phase 3: Countryside Housebuilding West is preparing to start building 441 homes (city council press release)

Phase 4: The contractor for the final phase is yet to be announced

Phases

A massive new planning application yet to be decided for Phase 4 (and part of Phase 2) can be seen here

Background

The photograph below dating from 1992 shows most of the development area in relation to Old Headington (with St Andrew's Church roughly in the middle). The continuous hedge marks the line of the Bayswater Brook, and the small fields and hedgerows this side of it have now all gone.

The South Oxfordshire District Council Local Plan now proposes that all the larger fields rising uphill on the other side of that hedge, outside the city boundary and owned by Christ Church, will also be developed.

Barton Park site

Barton bridge

Left: The original plan published by the Oxford Mail in 2011

This show the original area to be covered by the new development,, surrounding the pre-existing electricity substation.

The eventual site extended further east as far as Barton Village road, and the proposed bridge at Northway never happened: instead there is a road crossing for buses and pedestrians only.

A large swale was needed to prevent flooding, and the number of homes was reduced from 1000 to 885.

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

Useful links

Barton Oxford LLP (Limited Liability Partnership)
is a joint venture between Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Oxford City Council

Hill (Contractors for first phase of housing) and Mosaics Oxford (Sales & Marketing)

Redrow (Contractors and marketing for second phase)

Countryside Housebuilding West (Contractors for third and final phase)

Blackwell Group (Contractors for the infrastructure work including new junction)

Barton Park website (out of date)

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 and Beckley television mast top right

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

Road from Northway26 Nov 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 Sep &
Oct 2014, but in Dec 2014 the Planning Inspector dismissed the attempt to turn it into a Town Gree
n.

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

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

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

Barton Park Phase 37 Sep 2019: Redrow Homes starting work on the next (“Mosaics”) phase of Barton Park
Work began in Aug 2019 following approval of in May of this massive 285-document planning application


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 Feb to 23 Mar): The plans for “Barton West”, as it was then known, were subject to a second six-week public consultation
  • (13 Apr): The Barton Area Action Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State
  • (16–19 Jul): 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 Nov): The Planning Inspector approved the Barton West development
  • (17 Dec): The full city council approved the Barton West development

2013

  • (Jan): Planning Inspector ruled out the inclusion of the Ruskin Fields in the development
  • (Jun): 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 Aug): End of Consultation on Town Green Application for land at Foxwell Drive Open Green Space, Headington
  • (13 Nov): The name of Barton Park was chosen for the new development
  • (18 Dec): End of consultation about the new school for the development (40 responses received)

2014

  • (Jul): Announcement that Cheney School would run the new school at Barton Park
  • (Dec): 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 Sep/Oct 2014)
  • (Dec): Hill was chosen to build Phase 1 of Barton Park

2015

  • (Feb) £48m deal for 354 council homes at Barton Park signed off
  • (Apr): 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 Nov): 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 Nov): Work started on the access road from Northway to Barton Park
  • (Dec): 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

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

2018

2019

2020

  • (Mar) Automatic number plate recognition installed at entrance to Northway from northern bypass, which opened for the new Barton Park Shuttle service
  • (Jul) Inspection of South Oxfordshire District Council's Local Plan, which proposes building houses on the Green Belt immediately to the north of Barton Park
  • (Sep) Barton Park Primary School opened

2021


Planning applications

Listed by submission date, with planning reference in first column linked to full details on the Oxford City Council website. The references for the more significant applications are shown in red because many of the important details are concealed in details submitted in compliance with conditions.

No.

Date submitted
Planning Ref 
Outcome

Description

1

May 2013

13/01383/OUT

Approved Oct 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

Sep 2014

13/01383/CND

Approved Nov 2014

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

3

Nov 2014

14/03201/RES

Approved Feb 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

Nov 2014

13/01383/NMA

Approved Feb 2015

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

5

Nov 2014

13/01383/CND2

Approved Feb 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

Nov 2014

13/01383/CND3

Approved Feb 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

Nov 2014

13/01383/CND4

Approved Aug 2015

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

8

Dec 2014

13/01383/CND6

Approved Aug 2015

Details submitted in compliance with condition 28 (Ground contamination and remediation) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

9

Dec 2014

13/01383/CND5

Approved May 2015

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

10

Feb 2015

13/01383/CND7

Approved Mar 2015

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

11

Feb 2015

13/01383/CND8

Approved Mar 2015

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

12

Jun 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

13

Jul 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

14

Sep 2015

13/01383/CND11

Approved Nov 2015

Details submitted in compliance with condition 35 (Protection of Sidings Copse)
of planning permission 13/01383/OUT
[Sidings or Sydlings here includes College Pond]

15

Dec 2015

15/03642/RES

Approved Mar 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

16

Dec 2015

13/01383/CND13

Approved Apr 2017

Details submitted in compliance with conditions 3 (Reserved Matters Application), 6 (materials), 9 (Landscaping and Public Realm), 11 (Tree Protection Plan), 12 (Landscape Management Plan), 15 (Lifetime Homes Standard), 16 (Car Parking Standards), 17 (Cycle Parking Standards), 23 (Sustainability and Energy Strategy), 25 (Phased Surface Water Drainage), 26 (Foul Water Drainage Scheme), 27 (Flooding), 32 (Noise Attenuation) and 39 (Habitat Creation) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT in respect of Phase 1 Development (Reference 15/03642/RES)

17

Jan 2016

16/00067/RES

Approved Apr 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

18

Feb 2016

16/00442/RES

Approved 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

19

Feb 2016

13/01383/CND12

Approved Jun 2016

Details submitted in compliance with condition 37 (Training and Employment) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

20

Feb 2016

13/01383/CND14

Approved Apr 2016

Details submitted in compliance with condition 13 (Dimension for Sport Facilities) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT

21

Jun 2016

13/01383/CND15

Approved Oct 2016

Details submitted in compliance with condition 36 of planning permission 13/01383/OUT [re grassland compensation]

22

Jul 2016

16/02002/RES

Approved Dec 2016

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

23

Aug 2016

13/01383/CND16

Approved Oct 2016

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

24

Aug 2016

13/01383/CND17

Approved Mar 2017

Details submitted in compliance with condition 41 (Linear park) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT (partial discharge)

25

Aug 2016

13/01383/CND18

Pending

Details submitted in compliance with conditions 3 (Reserved matters application), 6 (Materials), 9 (Landscaping & public realm), 16 (Car parking standards), 17 (Cycle parking standards), 18 (Servicing and deliveries), 23 (Sustainability and energy strategy), 25 (Phased surface water drainage), 26 (Foul water drainage), 33 (Mechanical plant) and 34 (Cooking smells) of planning permission 13/01383/OUT in respect of the community sports pavilion (Reference 16/02002/RES)

26

Nov 2016

13/01383/CND19

Approved Mar 2017

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

27

Jul 2017

15/03642/NMA

Approved Jan 2018

Non-material amendment to planning permission 15/03642/RES to allow minor adjustments including re-positioning of windows, gas meter and 2no. rainwater pipes. Alterations to windows, glazing and balconies, installation of ground-floor vent pipes and raised cill height.

28

Sep 2017

15/03642/CND

Approved Mar 2018

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

29

Sep 2017

13/01383/CND20

Approved Oct 2017

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

30

Sep 2017

15/03642/NMA2

WITHDRAWN

Non-material amendment to planning permission 15/03642/RES to allow practical compliance and construction reasons

31

Dec 2017

13/01383/CND21

Approved Mar 2018

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

32

Feb 2018

16/02002/NMA

Approved Mar 2018

Non-material amendment to planning permission 16/02002/RES [re pavilion] 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

33

Apr 2018

15/03642/NMA3

Approved Jun 2018

Non-Material amendment to planning permission 15/03642/RES to allow minor adjustments (other than normal reasonable level of adjustments) necessary to adhere to practical compliance and construction reasons

34

Jun 2018

16/02002/CND

Approved Sep 2018

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

35

Aug 2018

15/03642/NMA4

Approved Sep 2018

Non-material amendment to planning permission 15/03642/RES to adhere to practical compliance and construction reasons

36

Jan 2019

13/01383/CND22

Approved Feb 2019

Details Submitted in compliance with condition 22 (CEMP)
of planning permission 13/01383/OUT
[CEMP = construction environmental management plan]

37

Mar 2019

19/00518/RES

Approved Aug 2019

[Phase 3]
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

38

Mar 2019

19/01167/CC3

Approved 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 

39

Apr 2019

13/01383/CND23

Approved May 2019

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

40

Apr 2019

19/00962/RES

Approved Jul 2019

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

41

May 2019

19/01209/RES

Approved Jul 2019

Details of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) for the widening of the Phase 1 eastern Tertiary Street by 1.2m 

42

May 2019

15/03642/NMA5

Approved May 2019

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

43

May 2019

16/02002/CND2

Approved Jul 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

44

May 2019

19/01213/FUL

Approved Jul 2019

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

45

Sep 2019

15/03642/NMA6

Approved Oct 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

46

Oct 2019

19/00518/CND

Approved Jun 2021

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

47

Dec 2019

19/00518/CND2

Approved Jun 2021

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

48

Jan 2020

19/00518/NMA

Pending

Non-Material amendment to planning permission 19/00518/RES to allow changes to affordable housing, plot 30 to be moved closer to plot 31 and material change of render to type 08 houses

49

Feb 2020

15/03642/NMA7

Pending

Non-material amendment to planning permission 15/03642/RES to allow two additional parking spaces adjacent to Plot 195

50

Mar 2020

20/00801/CC3

Raised no objection Apr 2020

Details pursuant to condition 10 (Full details of the availability of the community hub) of planning permission 19/01167/CC3 (R3.0025/19)

51

May 2020

20/01154/RES

Approved Aug 2020

Details of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) for the completion of the Phase 1 eastern Tertiary Street loop road

52

Jul 2020

19/00518/CND3

Approved Jan 2021

[Re Phase 3, east end]
Details submitted in compliance with conditions 2 (means of enclosure),
3 (cycle parking and bin storage), 8 (further hard and soft landscape plan)
and 10 (a scheme of ecological enhancements shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority)
of planning permission 19/00518/RES

53

Sep 2021

19/00518/NMA2

Pending

Non-material amendment to planning permission 19/00518/RES to allow the relocation of Photovoltaic Solar Panels from Private Tenure units to Affordable units, Amend the rear access to plots 58 & 65. Car parking to plots 56, 57, 66 & 67 and amend widths of footpaths between Plots 115-118 from 1.5m to 2.0m. This is due to building regulations and unprotected areas

54

Nov 2021

21/02776/RES

Pending

Details of Reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) for Phase 2 and 4 of Barton Park pursuant to Condition 3 of outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT. These works comprise of residential units (Use Class C3) and commercial units (Use Class E) with associated public realm and highway works including landscaping, cycle and car parking, and the discharge of phase-specific conditions of the outline

Press reports in Oxford Mail

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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 Aug 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 Sep:

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

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

© Stephanie Jenkins

 

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