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10 Year City Plan proposed, as York looks to build back better

Published Thursday, 16 July 2020

A proposal to develop a 10-year City Plan, designed to ensure York can build back better from the impact of Covid-19, is set to be considered by the council’s Executive on 23 July.

The plan, which will be developed between the Council and key partners, proposes to build on York’s strengths to improve the lives of all residents, communities, visitors, students and businesses in the city.

The plan will represent the unique qualities of York and focus on a number of key challenges that can best be addressed at a city level.  These are likely to include the linking of our education, skills and innovation sectors to support employment, further developing the city’s response to climate change, utilising York’s unique culture and heritage, and promoting good health and wellbeing.

Leader of City of York Council, Cllr Keith Aspden, said:

“In our initial response to the pandemic, we have worked hard to develop a one year strategy to tackle the immediate challenges posed by Covid-19. Looking forward, we are determined to build back better, but we fully recognise to achieve this, the Council cannot do it alone and must work with partners across the city.”

“That is why we are proposing to develop a 10 year plan for the city, one that is owned by the Council and its partners as part of our collective efforts to improve the lives of everyone who lives, works, studies or does business in the city.”

“The plan gives us an exciting opportunity to build on our strengths and address key challenges in the city, with input from residents and key partners thanks to Our Big Conversation.”

David Kerfoot, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire LEP, said:

"York plays a significant role in the health and prosperity of our region's economy. With its wealth of assets in research and innovation, particularly in relation to circular bioeconomy, and the city's genuine commitment to inclusion, York's 10 year plan will take the city and region forward with a greener, fairer and stronger economy for all."

University of York Vice-Chancellor Professor Charlie Jeffery said:

”The University is proud to be part of a vibrant and dynamic city and we look forward to playing our part in the development of the 10 year strategy. We will continue to work with our partners across the city and region to help drive innovation and economic opportunity for the benefit of everyone.”

The themes and activities of the plan will be discussed as part of Our Big Conversation, in order to ensure the input of residents, communities and businesses are included in the development of the plan.

It is intended that this plan is in place by March 2021, to follow on the 1 year Recovery and Renewal strategy.

People can take part in Our Big Conversation at

Executive takes place on Thursday 23 July and will be webcast live, or is available to watch again at: