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 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 9 May 2018 and the agenda will be posted here.

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

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 current exhibition and engagement events in 'York Central Festival'.

York Central Festival - key dates

The festival launched on the 19 March 2018 - see to find out more and to join the conversation via our online feedback module.

See My York Central for the festival programme which include walking tours, workshops and guest speakers.

The exhibition will be open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm, Wednesday 21 March until Friday 27 April 2018 in The Gallery at the National Railway Museum. It will be staffed full-time by representatives from the York Central team from Wednesday 21 March to Friday 23 March.

Representatives from the partnership will also be on hand every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the following times to answer any questions:

  • Tuesdays 11.00am to 1.00pm
  • Thursdays 2.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Saturdays 11.00am to 3.00pm (excluding Easter weekend)

Please also keep an eye on, or follow us on Twitter @YRKcentral to find out more.

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