Following the approval of a reserved matters planning application on Thursday night (12 November), construction can start on the York Central site, with a crucial next step taken towards delivering more homes, better-paid jobs, and new community spaces on the city-centre brownfield site.
City of York Council has approved a reserved matters planning application that allows the infrastructure work to go ahead, with initial site clearance already started and contractor due to start on site in early 2021.
This is a major step forward in the development of one of the largest brownfield sites in England following the formation of the York Central Partnership in 2016 by Homes England, Network Rail, the City of York Council and the National Railway Museum.
This follows the confirmation of £77milion funding granted to the partnership by the Government earlier this year. The funding is a major piece in a £155m funding package put together by the council working with fellow York Central Partnership members, which will fund the infrastructure works needed to unlock the brownfield site to deliver new business opportunities, homes and public spaces for the city.
The York Central development includes 2500 new homes; up to 1.2 million square feet of commercial development and improved visitor access to the National Railway Museum. The area has Enterprise Zone status, with around 6500 new jobs are expected to be created and a £1.2 bn boost to the local economy.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the City of York Council, commented:
“I’m glad to see the York Central project take another crucial step towards unlocking a £1.2bn boost to our economy, and delivering a new generation of jobs and hundreds of affordable homes when York needs it most. York Central has been talked about for decades, but I am pleased that we are now taking major steps to move the project forward for the benefit of residents across the city.
“Working together with Homes England, Network Rail and the wider partnership we’re delivering for the future of our city, despite unconstructive and short-sighted efforts by opposition parties to derail the progression of this monumental development.
“York Central has been recognised as one of the most important brownfield sites in the country. Starting work on the infrastructure brings this long-awaited development much closer to delivering the jobs, homes and infrastructure which will enable our city to thrive.
“As this ambitious development progresses, we remain committed to engaging with local communities to make sure York Central delivers on its goals of inclusive and sustainable growth, playing a key part in our city’s future.”
York Central plans include proposals to build up to 2,500 homes, including affordable homes, a commercial quarter creating circa 90,000m2 of high-quality office space, as well as:
• pedestrian and cycle route provision into and through the site
• low levels of parking spaces
• the highest sustainable design standards built into the design guide
• around £15m developer contributions to deliver the sustainable transport infrastructure ensuring more bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.