Major developments at York Central

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.


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.

The next forum meeting will take place on 22 August 2017 to consider the access options. 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 York Central Partnership has announced a series of public events as part of a consultation about how traffic will access the proposed development.

The proposed development would create new residential neighbourhoods, office space, leisure facilities, green space and public amenities. But as a land-locked site that is surrounded by railway lines, road access is a crucial consideration. Several options are being considered for the site and the events will allow those options to be outlined to the public, giving them an opportunity to feed back directly to the technical and design teams that work with York Central Partnership.

The partnership – made up of Network Rail, the Homes and Communities Agency, the National Railway Museum and City of York Council – is organising four events:

  • St Barnabas Church, Jubilee Terrace, Leeman Road

    2:00pm to 5:00pm, Wednesday 23 August 2017

  • St Paul’s Church, Holgate Road

    4:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday 30 August 2017

  • Marriot Room, Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street

    Midday to 4:00pm, Saturday 2 September 2017

  • Duchess of Hamilton Suite, National Railway Museum, Leeman Road

    Midday to 4:00pm, Saturday 9 September 2017

In addition, the partnership will be holding a series of individual meetings with local community groups.

The proposals will also be available to view at from 23 August 2017 and you will be able to share your opinions until 13 September 2017.

Next steps

The community views resulting from the access options consultation will help to inform the Partnership’s final decision on the preferred access location.

The preferred access route will then form part of the York Central masterplan, which will undergo seperate consultation later in 2017 and will provide a further opportunity to input into the development of the outline plans for York Central.  The masterplan will act as the development framework moving forward.

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