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 16 October 2017. 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 are being considered for the site and these were outlined to the public during a consultation held by York Central Partnership in summer 2017. These gave people an opportunity to feed back to the technical and design teams which work with York Central Partnership. See the York Central website for further information.

Next steps

The community views resulting from the access options consultation will help inform the Partnership’s final decision on the preferred access location. The council's Executive is due to receive a report on the outcomes of the consultation and the Partnership's preferred access location at their meeting on 15 November 2017.

The preferred access route will then form part of the York Central masterplan, which will undergo a separate consultation scheduled to commence in 2018. This will provide a further opportunity for public 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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