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Major developments at York Central

York central timeline

The York Central project began in 2014 and has continued to make progress. The most recent development commenced in January 2021 with work beginning on site clearance in the first phase of infrastructure work. 

  • Network Rail commenced the rationalisation of rail uses with completion of their £36 million Workforce Development and Route Operating Centre in 2014
  • 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 business rates reliefs page
  • 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 'Our City' article or view Consultation brochure: Seeking your views to guide development and related York Central consultation material. Also see 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 master plan for the site
  • York Central Partnership consulted on access options in summer 2017. See the York Central Partnership website for further information including the full Access Consultation Feedback report. On 15 November 2017, the Council Executive agreed the York Central Partnership recommendation that a western access option be developed for inclusion in the York Central master plan and to undertake further design and legal work to ensure that the final alignment will seek to mitigate the effects of such a route on the Millennium Green and to control costs to ensure deliverability
  • York Central Partnership held a series of pop-up events and workshops in January and February 2018 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 master plan, the recent exhibition at the National Railway Museum and engagement events in 'York Central Festival', which ran from 19 March to 29 April 2018. See and My York Central Events 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. Feedback from the Festival of York Central from spring 2018 is available in our June 2018 Executive report.
  • York Central Partnership hosted open public workshops on movement, master plan and governance, and a drop-in day in July 2018 to talk to people about updates resulting from the consultation in advance of the outline planning application being submitted in August (presentations available to view on York Central Partnership website ). The National Railway Museum also undertook further engagement about their future vision within York Central in July 2018. My York Central held workshops in September 2018 to look at traffic impact and modelling. See My York Central Events for further details.
  • York Central Partnership submitted an application for planning permission for York Central in August 2018 which was approved at Planning Committee on 25 March 2019 subject to a Section 106 Agreement and referral to the Secretary of State.
  • £77.1 million of funding was secured in the Chancellors’ March 2020 Budget to progress the infrastructure works, completing the identified £155m funding needed for infrastructure works to open up the site for regeneration.
  • A reserved matters application for the first phase of infrastructure works, including was approved in November 2020.
  • Work began on site clearance in the first phase of infrastructure works in January 2021

Also see

York Central Project

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