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

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 next forum meeting will take place on 13 June 2018 - the agenda will be published on this page when available.

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 - engagement events

The York Central Partnership held a series of pop-up events and workshops in January and February 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 and the recent exhibition at the 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. You can also get updates about York Central on social media - follow the York Central Partnership on Twitter.

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