York Central Partnership gets planning consent for city centre transformation

WCN Editorial Team 27 Mar 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

York Central Partnership (YCP) has secured approval from the York Council’s planning committee for plans to transform the brownfield city centre site into a residential, cultural and commercial space.

The outline planning application for York Central includes 2,500 homes, of which 20% will be affordable, and a commercial quarter that will create up to 6,500 jobs.

The application is now subject to approval by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire.

The YCP members, Homes England, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and City of York Council, have been collaborating for the past four years on a £155m funding package for infrastructure works to unlock the brownfield land.

While Network Rail has utilised its land to enable housing and economic growth, the National Railway Museum will use its £50m masterplan to expand facilities for its visitors.

Similarly, City of York’s Council has played a vital role in providing funding streams for the project and related works.

Homes England and Network Rail will act as master developers for the site.

The scheme, covering 45 hectares of brownfield land, is one of the largest regeneration sites in England.

It will enable the expansion of the National Railway Museum; improve cycling and pedestrian access; create space for new hotels; the country’s first railway park; and a new entrance to the railway station.

Furthermore, regeneration of the site is expected to help provide much-needed homes and grow the city’s economy by 20%, contributing to the Northern Powerhouse.

A Strategic Board, chaired by Mary Archer of the Science Museum Group, will oversee the project to ensure delivery of the long-term vision of York Central.

Board members include Homes England chairman Edward Lister, Network Rail chairman Peter Hendy, City of York Council Leader Councillor Gillies and Deputy Leader Councillor Aspden.

An application for the first phase of infrastructure will be submitted later in 2019.

Work is expected to commence in late 2019. Construction is expected to last 15 years.

Avison Young, Allies & Morrison, Arup, Gustafson, Porter + Bowman, Turner & Townsend, DLA Piper and Savills have developed the outline planning application.

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Image: Rendering of Central Square. Photo: Courtesy of York Central Partnership.

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