The first homes to built as part of the Barton Park development will start to take shape from June.

Oxford City Councillors granted planning permission for 237 homes which will be built as part of a wider 885-home development this evening.

Housebuilder Hill Ltd will now deliver the first batch of homes, starting from the A40.

Barton Park will also contain a school and community sports facilities.

Chairman of the East Area Planning Committee Roy Darke said: "I very much welcome this extension of housing in this city."

Barton councillor Van Coulter added: "I have been part of this project since 2011 and I applaud it.

"It's near to exemplary and I'm very pleased that there will be no distinction between the social and market housing.

Brick will be the main material used throughout phase one and both social housing and private homes will be mixed together.

In the first phase 95 of the homes will be social compared to 142 market homes.

Overall there will be 118 two-bedroom homes, 67 three-bedroom, 12 four-bedroom and four five-bedroom properties.