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 January 'Our City' article or view Consultation brochure: Seeking your views to guide development and related York Central consultation material. See also 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 be fully built.
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.
- Notes of YCCF meetings November 2016, February 2017 and June 2017
- Site visits have taken place in November 2016 and May 2017
- YCCF list of representatives, terms of reference and privacy notice
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.yorkcentral.info from 23 August 2017 and you will be able to share your opinions until 13 September 2017.
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.