City of York Council will now work to secure additional social, economic and environmental benefits to the York Central Development, following recommendations made by the Liberal Democrat and Green Executive.
At a meeting of the Council Executive on the 18th July, Liberal Democrat and Green Councillors made a number of recommendations to help improve York Central within the reserved matters planning process. This included:
- At the earliest point, that the Council works to deliver a new Bus Lane to become an integral part of the phase one infrastructure works, so that it could be built at the same time as the spine road is constructed;
- That there is further consultation with local communities, residents and visitors on future proposals for the site, via a ‘MyYorkCentral’ style of consultation;
- That the Occupier Strategy for York Central is reviewed to ensure that commercial spaces encourage clean growth and help contribute to carbon reduction in the city;
- That the Council work to explore onsite sustainable energy generation for the developments. For example, electric charging points and air source heat pumps;
- To explore how the incoming Clean Air Zone can be extended to include York Central;
- To explore opportunities to increase Park and Ride facilities;
- To explore how the York Central Partnership can reduce car journeys and limit parking places.
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.
Recently, the Government confirmed their decision to reject an inquiry into the decision to grant outline planning permission for York Central.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, commented:
“York Central is one of the biggest regeneration opportunities in the UK and delivering the development is a major opportunity to build new affordable homes, attract better paid jobs, deliver new public spaces and create sustainable transport links for our city.”
“We have committed, as a new administration, to seek further improvements on York Central, and that is why we have instructed the Council to explore new opportunities to significantly improve the sustainability and environmental aspects of York Central.
“By seizing these opportunities, we can push for clean growth and ensure new homes and jobs are delivered. 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.”