THE proposed Barton Park development in Oxford has won an industry award for planning.

The development, which will feature 885 new homes on a 90-acre site, won the Planning for Housing Growth category at the 2014 Planning Awards.

Oxford City Council has linked up with property developer Grosvenor to launch the project, and the latest proposals for the new development off the A40 were revealed earlier this week.

Alongside homes on Barton Park there will also be a new primary school, community facilities, a sports pavilion and a recreation ground.

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Judges at the Planning Awards said they were “impressed by excellent partnership between private and public sectors to enable growth”.

Development director for Grosvenor Developments Edward Skeates said: “Oxford is one of the most constrained cities for housing in the UK and there’s a real need for a variety of high-quality homes in the city.”

The outline planning application for Barton Park was approved by city councillors last year.

Work could start in the spring with the first houses being built later in the year.

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