York Central Partnership has submitted a planning application for York Central, one of the largest city centre brownfield sites in the UK.
Work is expected to begin on site in 2019 subject to planning approval.
Under the masterplan, an underused part of the city centre will be transformed to create new residential, cultural and business neighbourhoods in the heart of York.
After completion, it is expected to increase the size of York’s economy by over 20% and create around 6,500 jobs.
Extensive planning and engagement process began in 2016. During this process, the ‘Festival of York Central’ was conducted in which 43 events were held over a six-week period, including drop-in family events, workshops in local schools, walking and cycling tours, and film screenings.
The plan includes construction of up to 2,500 homes; new office, retail and leisure uses; community and hotel uses; car parking; a new access road and pedestrian and cycling access points; open spaces including a park and the expansion of the National Railway Museum.
It also includes a new western concourse and new access to York Railway Station.
A ‘Design Guide’ has been prepared after consultation with the public, planning officers and organisations such as Historic England. The City of York Council has granted approval for inclusion of the guidelines into the formal planning process.
York Central is a partnership between Homes England, Network Rail, the City of York Council and the National Railway Museum.
York Central Partnership project lead Tamsin Hart-Jones said: “This is a huge step forward in the delivery of York Central and in the future of York as we seek permission for the masterplan.
“A positive decision will unlock this underused piece of land and demonstrate a commitment to seeing it brought forward for the good of the city and its residents.”
Detailed planning application for the new western access at Water End and road network is expected to be submitted in September 2018.
Architecture and planning consultants Allies and Morrison and Arup, along with landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman, have developed the plans for York Central. They have been supported by Savills and Turner & Townsend.
Image: The York Central site. Photo: courtesy of Allies and Morrison.