Barton Park aims to be an exemplary garden suburb designed for the needs of the 21st century; a blend of high quality, healthy, urban living that is in harmony with its natural surroundings. It will provide up to 885 new homes, 40% of which will be social rented affordable housing and all will be designed to a minimum code for sustainable homes level 4.
Healthy living is at the heart of the design at Barton Park. There is a strong green infrastructure network, including greenways and a linear park with cycling and walking actively promoted through the careful design of the primary street and masterplan. The scheme will include new community facilities such as a primary school, a community hub, new sports pitches, pavilion and a 3G pitch for use of the school and community. There will also be two civic squares along the primary street to create natural gathering points and encourage social inclusion and community engagement.
As an NHS Healthy New Town, Barton Park will be able to add value through providing a controlled environment to monitor how the built environment can impact health and wellbeing. This will offer useful learnings and design principles for future Healthy New Towns. There are also opportunities to improve the health care delivery for the current Barton community which is considered to be an area of relative social and economic deprivation when compared to the rest of Oxfordshire. The scheme already provides for the redevelopment of the existing GP Bury Knowle surgery but further there is scope for further innovation on how health care technology and partnership with the John Radcliffe University could improve health care provision in the area.