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 14 March 2018:

Please note that forum meetings are not open to the public, but you can forward comments to ward member representatives for the locality (Councillor Crisp, Councillor Derbyshire, Councillor Kramm and Councillor Crawshaw), or email them to the forum coordinator at

Next Steps - Engagement Events

The York Central Partnership is holding a series of pop-up events over the coming weeks to provide opportunities for York residents and visitors to share their views and aspirations for York Central, and to help inform York Central proposals. The feedback we receive from these events will help us shape our masterplan.

  • York Residents' Festival - Saturday 27 January, 10.00am to 3.00pm, Parliament Street (gazebo towards St Sampson’s Square)
  • Tim Peake’s Spacecraft Exhibition – Saturday 10 February, 10.00am to 3.00pm, National Railway Museum (city entrance)
  • Jorvik Viking Festival - Friday 16 February, 10.00am to 3.00pm, St Helen’s Square (gazebo)

We are also running three workshops at West Offices as part of the second stage of our engagement on our masterplan:

  • Movement workshop - Tuesday 20 February, 5.00pm to 7.30pm
  • Open space and environment workshop - Wednesday 21 February, 5.00pm to 7.30pm
  • Design, heritage and uses workshop - Wednesday 28 February, 5.00pm to 7.30pm

For more information, please email

There will be further opportunities to get involved in our project, including a formal exhibition launching in mid-March which will run for six weeks. Please also keep an eye on, or follow us on Twitter @YRKcentral from the beginning of March to find out more.

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