Published Wednesday, 10th July 2019

Following the recent decision by the Secretary of State not to call in the planning decision for York Central , City of York Council will now continue to maintain momentum across the York Central site with the decision to release the next tranche of funding for the project.


City of York Council will now engage with its construction partner in finalising the design work for the enabling infrastructure; this includes the access road bridge and spine road through the site, a pedestrian bridge on Water End and a rail link to the NRM.


This will lead to the submission of a Reserved Matters planning application to open up the site. This will be funded partly by Homes England and partly from the York Central Capital budget agreed by Council in November 2018.


The report to the Executive will also set out what opportunities can be taken, moving forward, to maximise the benefits of the York Central site; including a greater proportion of affordable homes, higher sustainable build standards, inclusion of York Central in the Clean Air Zone and an option to build a new bus lane ahead of schedule.


A report, published today, sets out the key benefits already secured, including:

·         extensive pedestrian and cycle route provision into and through the site

·         20% of homes available at affordable rates,

·         the highest sustainable design standards , and

·         around £15m developer contributions to improve transport infrastructure to encourage more bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.


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

“We are determined to ensure that York Central delivers more and better paid jobs in the city, delivers new affordable housing and sets high standards for sustainable living and clean growth.”


“The outline planning application reflects the high standards we have set and we will continue to work with our partners to progress the development, whilst now securing greater improvements to the site. This will include higher sustainable build standards and inclusion in the Clean Air Zone.”


Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, said:

“York Central offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to realise significant social and environmental benefits for generations to come in York.


“The council is considering a series of measures, from increasing levels of sustainable energy which contributes to the zero carbon city wide commitment, to delivering more affordable housing for the city.”


The report outlines that the council, while waiting for government decisions on planning and funding, will work with the York Central partnership to explore other measures to amplify these benefits.


For housing, this could mean a greater proportion of affordable homes, higher sustainable build standards and community self-build in early phases of the development.


To improve the environmental impact, the council could require sustainable energy generation on site, include York Central in the bus Clean Air Zone, increase the number of electric charging points and build a new bus lane ahead of schedule to increase more journeys by sustainable transport.


The report highlights the delays to the programme due to the referral of the planning decision to the Secretary of State, and the decision over an application for £77.1m to the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. The report asks the council to allocate £750,000 to fund early contractor involvement to finalise a planning application for the bridge and spine road which will allow access to the site from Water End.

The York Central Partnership (YCP) members, Homes England, Network Rail, The Railway Museum and City of York Council, have been working collaboratively for the past four years to develop proposals and assemble a £155m funding package for infrastructure works to unlock the brownfield land. City of York’s Council has played a key role in providing significant funding streams to help deliver the project and fund the enabling access and infrastructure works.


The approved outline planning application includes proposals to build 2,500 homes, 20 per cent of which will be affordable, and a commercial quarter creating up to 6,500 jobs adding a £1.16 billion boost to the economy.


Executive takes place on Thursday 18 July and will be webcasted live at


To find out more about the report, or to attend the Executive meeting, visit:

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