Barton estate gets £3.9m cash boost

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Image caption Oxford City Council said a significant amount of money will go towards the redevelopment of Underhill Circus

Oxford City Council's Barton estate is to get a cash injection of £3.9m over four years.

It comes after plans for the first 237 out of 875 new homes were approved for the new Barton Park development on Wednesday.

The proposals include improvements to Underhill Circus and refurbishing a number of homes.

The four-year project should see the estate's population of 4,000 rise to 7,000 by 2020, the council said.

Barton city councillor Mike Rowley, said: "Despite cuts to local council funding, we remain determined that the new development must benefit the existing estate."

Public consultations on the project are due to begin in the next few weeks.

Improvement works will include:

• Improvements to flats, including Stowford Road and Bayswater Road

• The extension of the health centre in the neighbourhood centre

• New and refurbished street signage including 'Welcome to Barton' signs

• Redevelopment of Underhill Circus

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