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 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.
- Network Rail commenced the rationalisation of rail uses with completion of their £36 million Workforce Development and Route Operating Centre
- 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 York Central Enterprise Zone page
- Executive meeting papers for York Central were considered by Members in December 2015, July 2016, November 2016 and July 2017.
- 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 masterplan for the site.
- Further consultations on the access options (details below) and masterplan will take place in 2017
- The scale of the York Central site means that development could take between 15 to 20 years to complete
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.
- Notes of YCCF meetings November 2016, February 2017 and June 2017
- Site visits have taken place in November 2016 and May 2017, and an access options preview was held on August 2017
- YCCF list of representatives, terms of reference and privacy notice
The next forum meeting will take place on 16 October 2017. 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, Kramm and Crawshaw), or to the forum coordinator via email: email@example.com
York Central Access Road
The proposed development would create new residential neighbourhoods, office space, leisure facilities, green space and public amenities. But as a land-locked site surrounded by railway lines, road access is a crucial consideration. Several options are being considered for the site and these were outlined to the public during a consultation held by York Central Partnership in summer 2017. These gave people an opportunity to feed back to the technical and design teams which work with York Central Partnership. See the York Central website for further information.
The community views resulting from the access options consultation will help inform the Partnership’s final decision on the preferred access location. The council's Executive is due to receive a report on the outcomes of the consultation and the Partnership's preferred access location at their meeting on 15 November 2017.
The preferred access route will then form part of the York Central masterplan, which will undergo a separate consultation scheduled to commence in 2018. This will provide a further opportunity for public input into the development of the outline plans for York Central. The masterplan will act as the development framework moving forward.