Major developments at York Central

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York Central is a 72 hectare development area on the edge of the city centre, between York Railway Station and Water End. 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 26 June 2017 (view agenda). 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 and Kramm), or to the forum coordinator via email:

Next steps

Executive meeting papers for York Central were considered by Members in December 2015, July 2016 and November 2016.

A masterplan for the site is expected to be available in 2017 and will form a key part of a programme of public consultation and community engagement for the site.

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