Planning and building

Major developments at York Central

York Central is the large brownfield site to the west of the city’s railway station, and is a unique opportunity for housing and economic growth in the centre of York. It lies between the A19 and A59 road corridors, and is contained by operational rail lines.

The area contains existing buildings which will be retained which include the National Railway Museum, private housing and businesses. The rest of the site is largely underused, having historically been occupied by the rail industry.

Relocation of the remaining rail site will allow new development to take place. The current proposals include:

  • up to 2,500 homes
  • up to 112,000m2 of office, leisure and retail uses

A collaborative development partnership which includes ourselves, Network Rail, the National Railway Museum and Homes England is progressing investment and delivery for the site. The site has been designated a Housing Zone as well as an Enterprise Zone and public investment is planned to deliver key infrastructure with a view to de-risk and accelerate this project.

York Central Timeline

  • Network Rail commenced the rationalisation of rail uses with completion of their £36 million Workforce Development and Route Operating Centre in 2014
  • Enterprise Zone application in autumn 2015
  • Under the Enterprise Zone, government business rate incentives will be available for a period of 5 years for commercial occupiers entering the site before April 2022; further information on the detailed scheme of operation will be provided on our business rates reliefs page
  • The first stage of Public Consultation for moving the York Central site forward ran from 18 January to 18 February 2016 and sought wider public views on the project to inform development. Read more in the 'Our City' article or view Consultation brochure: Seeking your views to guide development and related York Central consultation material. Also see the National Railway Museum’s vision for transformation. The consultation report was published in July 2016 and will inform work towards the creation of a master plan for the site
  • York Central Partnership consulted on access options in summer 2017. See the York Central Partnership website for further information including the full Access Consultation Feedback report. On 15 November 2017, the Council Executive agreed the York Central Partnership recommendation that a western access option be developed for inclusion in the York Central master plan and to undertake further design and legal work to ensure that the final alignment will seek to mitigate the effects of such a route on the Millennium Green and to control costs to ensure deliverability
  • York Central Partnership held a series of pop-up events and workshops in January and February 2018 to provide opportunities for York residents and visitors to share their views and aspirations for York Central. The feedback received from these events has helped to shape the evolving master plan, the recent exhibition at the National Railway Museum and engagement events in 'York Central Festival', which ran from 19 March to 29 April 2018. See and My York Central Events to find out more about the events that took place including walking tours, workshops and guest speakers and a record of comments made so far. ;Feedback from the Festival of York Central from spring 2018 is available in our June 2018 Executive report.
  • York Central Partnership hosted open public workshops on movement, master plan and governance, and a drop-in day in July 2018 to talk to people about updates resulting from the consultation in advance of the outline planning application being submitted in August (presentations available to view on York Central Partnership website ). The National Railway Museum also undertook further engagement about their future vision within York Central in July 2018. My York Central held workshops in September 2018 to look at traffic impact and modelling. See My York Central Events for further details.
  • York Central Partnership submitted an application for planning permission for York Central in August 2018 which was approved at Planning Committee on 25 March 2019 subject to a Section 106 Agreement and referral to the Secretary of State.
  • A reserved matters application for the first phase of infrastructure will follow, with a start on the infrastructure expected on site in 2019 and commencement of housing and offices in 2020.
  • York Central is a long term project, with delivery anticipated over 15 years.

York Central - Meeting agendas and minutes

York Central Community Forum

York Central Community Forum (YCCF) has been set up to provide a sounding board for the site at key stages of the development process. Representatives will consider proposals, and provide feedback to the wider community.

Site visits took place in November 2016 and May 2017, and an 'access options preview' was held in August 2017. See:

YCCF meeting notes are also available to view online:

YCCF meeting notes November 2016

The structure of the community forum is currently under review. The next forum meeting date is yet to be confirmed.

Please note that forum meetings are not open to the public, but you can forward comments to ward member representatives for the locality (Councillor Cannon, Councillor K Taylor, Councillor Kramm and Councillor Crawshaw), or email them to the forum coordinator at

York Central next steps - Outline Planning Application

The outline planning application was submitted on 10 August, and validated on 20 August 2018. It is available to view via the online planning portal by selecting the ‘View Planning Applications Online’ option and searching the reference number 18/01884/OUTM. ;An initial 30 day statutory planning consultation ran from 29 August to 28 September 2018.

Alternatively the application documents may be inspected between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, at Customer Services Reception, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA. To arrange a viewing please call: 01904 551553.

Additional information was submitted to support the outline planning application and underwent a further 30-day public consultation period, commencing on Wednesday 30 January 2019. See the York Central Partnership news page for further information and a summary letter.

Planning Committee approved the outline planning application on Monday 25 March 2019 subject to a Section 106 Agreement and referral to the Secretary of State.

A reserved matters application for the first phase of infrastructure will follow.

You can also follow the York Central Partnership on Twitter.

Proposals for York Station Front

The York Station Front master plan is based on 8 key features which work together to improve the use of space in front of York Station. The station and surrounding area play a key role in the development of York Central.

Also see

York Central Project

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551474