York Central has taken another significant step forward today, following the Government’s decision to reject an inquiry into the decision to grant outline planning permission.
The 45 hectare site is one of the largest brownfield sites in northern England and provides a huge opportunity for the creation of new homes, commercial space, a range of public spaces in the city and sustainable transport links. York Central will be another landmark in York’s rich history and developing future.
The outline masterplan has been developed in conjunction with residents and communities, utilising the innovative ‘MyYorkCentral’ consultation process at very centre of shaping the plan.
The decision allows the Council to implement the decision of the planning committee - approval subject to a Section 106 agreement - on 25th March 2019.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, commented:
“York Central is one of the biggest regeneration opportunities in the UK and I welcome today’s news. Delivering York Central is a major opportunity to build new affordable homes, attract better paid jobs, deliver new public spaces and create sustainable transport links for the city.”
“We will, as a new administration, seek further improvements, particularly pushing for clean growth, sustainability and ensuring houses are delivered. It is this administration, with public sector partners such as Homes England and Network Rail, which has progressed the brownfield development to this vital stage.”
“We remain committed to unlocking the York Central site and delivering up to 2,500 homes and up to 112,000m2 of office, leisure and retail space in the heart of the city.”
Key aspects of the masterplan include:
- Creating flexible commercial space, including significant Grade A office accommodation, to attract new employers and higher wage careers;
- Creating up to 2500 high quality homes suitable for a range of incomes, including a minimum of 20% available through affordable home schemes;
- Providing 2400 parking spaces, segregated pedestrian and cycle routes, and new bus and park and ride routes, to limit additional car travel;
- Cutting edge ‘vertical villages’’, with communal spaces and nearby facilities, drawing on the very best high density urban design the world has to offer;
- Nearly 7 hectares of park and public space, promoting health and cultural creativity for all, with extra community space;
- A new western entrance to the railway station, in addition to the transformation of the eastern (city) entrance which is the subject of a current engagement exercise;
- A new central gallery for the NRM with a steam train ride through the park and space for locomotives to be displayed in a new Museum Square;
- A new western access road and statement bridge from water end, where the design team will work with Millennium Green Trust and undertake further consultation to finalise the preferred landscape treatment to minimise impact on the land.