The planning committee of the City of York Council has approved the infrastructure works at York Central development scheme, a brownfield regeneration project in England, UK.

Located adjacent to the city’s existing retail and business core, the 45-hectare site will include the construction of 2,500 new homes, up to 1.2 million ft2 of commercial development.

It will also include improved visitor access to the National Railway Museum.

York Central scheme is being developed by a collaborative partnership between Homes England, Network Rail, the City of York Council and the National Railway Museum.

The development of the site was supported by Homes England and Network Rail by acquiring the land and developing the master plan, and will now oversee the infrastructure works projects.

York Central scheme is aimed at transforming an underused land into vibrant and distinctive residential neighbourhoods, cultural spaces, and a commercial quarter in the city.

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An investment of £77m was initially announced by the government in the March 2020 Budget and was confirmed in August this year.

The infrastructure work on the project includes the construction of a new bridge over the East Coast mainline railway, new cycling and pedestrian routes, drainage systems, and a new public park.

Additionally, the York Central development scheme is expected to create approximately 6,500 new jobs and a £1.2bn boost to the local economy.

City of York Council leader Councillor Keith Aspden said: “This is another vital step towards delivering the York Central scheme and unlocking a £1.16bn boost to our economy, including a new generation of jobs and hundreds of affordable homes when York needs it most.

“Our shared vision is for an ambitious development, one which delivers cleaner and inclusive growth in York. 

“This vision underpins the entirety of the project and we will keep playing our part to make York Central deliver for the whole city.”


An artist’s impression of Park Street road. (Credit: City of York Council.)