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 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 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 masterplan, 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 www.yorkcentral.info and My York Central 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, masterplan 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.
  • York Central Partnership submitted an application for planning permission for York Central in August 2018, with a view to starting on site in 2019
  • A further detailed planning application for the new western access at Water End and road network is expected in September 2018
  • The scale of the York Central site means that development could take between 15 to 20 years to complete

York Central - Executive 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:

The structure of the community forum is currently under review The next forum meeting is due to take place in September 2018.

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 yorkcentral@york.gov.uk.

Next steps

The outline planning application is due to be submitted on 8 August 2018. The application will take a few days to be validated and to be made available online by the planning authority. We will add a link here when it becomes available to view.

My York Central are holding a series of events in August - see their website for further details:

  • Community-led economic development on York Central 6–8pm Thursday 2nd August
  • How viability will shape York Central 6–8pm Wednesday 8th August
  • Policy into practice on York Central 6–8pm Thursday 16th August
  • Community-led housing on York Central 6–8pm Monday 20th August

Engagement events on the western access work will follow later this summer - dates will be confirmed soon.

Follow the York Central Partnership on Twitter.

Proposals for York Station Front

The York Station Front masterplan 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.

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