Barton Park, Oxford: A unified approach to housing development

Barton Park - credit to Hill

Oxford City Council could have sold the site, but instead it entered a partnership with Grosvenor to create an exemplar of quality placemaking

A 90 acre allocated site three miles from the centre of Oxford, a city where average house prices are around 12 times the average wage, is a peach of a development opportunity. And that’s borne out by the fact that in this uncertain market housebuilding and home sales are progressing steadily at Barton Park. 

When complete Barton Park will have 885 homes and amenities, flanked by a linear park that is already in place and flourishing. Cycle and walking routes and outdoor gym equipment are the most obvious manifestations of a focus on health and wellbeing in the masterplan by lead designer Terence O’Rourke. Unusually that focus extends beyond the new development to the existing neighbourhood of Barton, and has earned this area the status of healthy new town under an NHS England pilot programme.

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