Barton Park: Work begins on housing development

Barton Park site
Image caption The land located off the A40 Northern bypass will soon be the site of 885 new homes

Work is beginning on a major £47.9m housing development in Oxford.

Barton Park will provide up to 885 new homes, including 354 affordable homes, as well as a food store, primary school and a nature park.

It is being built by Barton Oxford, a venture between Oxford City Council and Grosvenor Developments, and will be located off the A40 Northern bypass.

Council leader Bob Price said there would be a "strong emphasis on selling to local people and first time buyers".

He added: "The whole scheme is being developed with a very strong eye to the environmental aspects.

"Along Bayswater Brook we're going to have a new linear park that will provide a lot of ecological interest.

"Towards the middle of the site there's going to be a new nature park which will be carefully designed to maintain some of the area's rural quality."

The first homes are expected to be transferred to the council in late 2016.

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