York Central is the large brownfield site to the west of the city’s railway station. It lies between the A19 and A59 road corridors, and is contained by operational rail lines.
The area contains existing buildings which are to 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 are subject to further technical work and consultation, but current suggestions include:
- 1,000 to 2,500 homes
- 60,000m2 to 120,000m2 of office, leisure and retail uses
A collaborative development partnership which includes ourselves, Network Rail, the National Railway Museum and the Homes and Communities Agency 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.
- Network Rail commenced the rationalisation of rail uses with completion of their £36 million Workforce Development and Route Operating Centre
- 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 York Central Enterprise Zone page
- Executive meeting papers for York Central were considered by Members in December 2015, July 2016, November 2016 and July 2017
- 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 masterplan for the site
- Further consultations on the access options (details below) and masterplan will take place in 2017
- The scale of the York Central site means that development could take between 15 to 20 years to complete
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 on August 2017
- see YCCF list of representatives, YCCF terms of reference and YCCF privacy notice
YCCF meeting notes are also available to view online:
- YCCF meeting notes November 2016
- YCCF meeting notes February 2017
- YCCF meeting notes June 2017
- YCCF meeting notes October 2017
The next forum meeting will take place on 6 December 2017 - the agenda is available to download. Please note that forum meetings are not open to the public, but comments can be forwarded to ward member representatives for the locality (Councillors Crisp, Derbyshire, Kramm and Crawshaw), or to the forum coordinator via email.
York Central Access Road
The proposed development would create new residential neighbourhoods, office space, leisure facilities, green space and public amenities. But as a land-locked site surrounded by railway lines, road access is a crucial consideration. Several options have been considered for the site and these were outlined to the public during a consultation held by York Central Partnership in summer 2017. See the York Central Partnership website for further information including the full Access Consultation Feedback report.
The Council Executive on 15 November 2017 agreed the York Central Partnership recommendation that a Western access option be developed for inclusion in the York Central masterplan 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 (see recommendations).
Further consultation around the wider masterplan is set to take place in early 2018. This will provide a further opportunity for public input into the pre-application work on York Central.