Countryside are pleased to introduce proposals for our exciting new development of the final phases of the Barton Park project. The scheme will provide a range of both private and affordable homes, two public parks and some flexible retail space. The new homes will range from 1 and 2 bed apartments to 2-5 bedroom houses.
Countryside are delighted to introduce our proposals for the development of the final phases of the Barton Park masterplan. We would like to provide the local community with details of our proposals and an opportunity to ask questions and/or provide feedback before we submit our planning application.
While the COVID-19 restrictions have been removed, we recognise the continued risks posed. While we always favour face to face conversations, we want to help keep people safe and have therefore decided that an online consultation is best.
Once you have reviewed the information, we would be pleased to hear your feedback or answer any questions you might have using the dedicated online feedback form or email address provided.
We hope you find the information helpful and we look forward to hearing from you.
The Project Team
We are the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, bringing together modern and efficient delivery methods to create sustainable communities where people love to live.
Our placemaking approach not only leads to us building high quality homes but also ensures we think critically about the social and digital infrastructure, transport and green spaces needed to nurture a vibrant, connected and healthy community. Engaging with and listening to local communities and partners is key to this work.
Our approach incorporates design for life principles, notably creating a place which connects into the existing community. Our commitment to delivering sustainable communities, ensuring a better quality of life for everyone both now and for generations to come, is further supported by our social and economic programme of training and local and wider employment opportunities.
Creating Green and Sustainable Communities
Sustainability is at the heart of what Countryside do. By employing a wide range of measures and technologies, we ensure sustainability is embedded into our developments and that they will become sustainable communities which mitigate and adapt to the future effects of climate change.
The Project Team at Barton Park
The project team has been chosen by Countryside due to their extensive experience with the masterplan project since the outline application, which was granted permission in 2013.
Terence O’Rourke – Masterplanning, Architecture and Landscaping
Having been the masterplanners for the outline application, Terence O’Rourke have an in-depth understanding of the fundamental design principles which, through careful integration with the approved Phase 1 and 3 developments, will ensure Barton Park becomes the distinctive, well-connected community that was envisioned at the outset.
Prior + Partners - Town Planning
Prior and Partners have worked on the detailed planning applications for the previous phases, providing a valuable insight into the Local Planning Authority’s priorities and understanding how these should be used to inform the development of the final phases.
Stantec - Engineering and Technical Support
Having been involved in the previous two phases, Stantec have an unrivalled knowledge of the technical constraints and desired design standards of Barton Park.
About Barton Park
Barton Park is a masterplan development site in the district of Oxford City with planning permission that was granted in 2013 for up to 885 homes. The development includes a new landscaped park, community hub, sports facilities, a primary school and flexible retail space.
Phase 1 (delivered by Hill Residential) and Phase 3 (delivered by Redrow) are complete and underway respectively, and Countryside have been selected as the third developer to deliver the final phases, known as Phases 2 and 4, at this landmark site.
A number of overarching objectives were established at the outset of the project and informed the masterplan and design code at the outline application stage:
The Vision for Barton
- A garden suburb designed for the needs of the 21st century.
- A perfect blend of high-quality urban living that is in harmony with its natural surroundings.
- An integrated and vibrant neighbourhood, with a strong sense of place and clear identity.
The vision is that Barton Park will be an exemplar development.
Timeline for the Final Phases
- Reserved matters planning application submitted – 2021
- Construction commences – 2022
- Retail space delivered - 2023
- Construction completes - 2027
Designing Barton Park
The previous phases (1 and 3) at Barton Park provide an immediate residential context which we have given careful consideration, especially given that phases 2 and 4 are located in the centre of the masterplan, so that they will have a direct interface with both Phase 1 in the west and Phase 3 in the east.
Whilst it is important that these final phases are distinctive and have their own identity, the design of these areas also needs to reflect the grain, appearance, materials and landscape of the approved and implemented phases to provide a successful transition that holds the whole development together.
Countryside’s Bespoke Design Approach
The principal aim is to deliver a high-quality scheme and ensure that the final development parcels achieve an entirely cohesive and complete development. Our proposals have been influenced by the Design Code set out from the onset of the project, but phases 2 and 4 will be entirely bespoke, focussing on a number of design goals, including:
- Creating an environment that favours pedestrians and cyclists
- Spaces that bring the neighbourhoods together
- Encouraging nature into the public realm
- High quality detailing
- A strong treescape
- Clothing the building form
- Maintaining vistas to the natural landscape beyond
- Ease of maintenance and longevity.
Parks and Public Open Spaces
Pocket parks have been designed in the locations set out in the masterplan Design Code. Landscaping is a key influence and feature of this development and each individual home is within close proximity to an open space or park area. The two pocket parks proposed within the final phases break up the built form of the development and are situated in areas of natural surveillance to mitigate security concerns.
The major constraint that we have had to consider within these phases of the Barton Park project is the location and size of the SSEN substation. While there is an existing acoustic fence surrounding the substation compound, we have carefully considered the design of the housing in closest proximity to the area in order to mitigate its effects. There will be a buffer zone between the compound and the housing surrounding it and planting is proposed to provide an additional visual and acoustic buffer.
Another key constraint is the proximity of the parcels to the A40. Apartment blocks and terraced housing create a defensive barrier to the A40, protecting the houses’ private amenity space and the rest of the development to the north from road noise. To ensure the even distribution of a mixture of housing, there is also detached, three storey housing adjacent to the A40. Angled at 45 degrees, the interaction of these homes provides the opportunity for on plot parking and reflects the distinctive and successful form of the housing in the previous phase to the east.
Thank you for taking an interest in our proposals for the development of the final phases at Barton Park. If you would like to provide any comments or feedback, please submit them below.
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