York Central

“Inspired by the city’s wonderful railway heritage and historic character, York Central will be a unique district of new spaces and places that stimulates further cultural and economic prosperity by connecting residents and visitors, new, young and old.”


An aerial view of the York Central site


York Central is one of the largest brownfield sites in England. Uniquely located next to the City of York’s existing retail and business core and railway station, the 45 hectare mixed-use development site has the potential to bring a valuable piece of York city centre to life.

Rail-locked for more than 150 years, our vision is for York Central to feature a series of new places, including new residential neighbourhoods, office space, leisure facilities, green space and public amenities, with the National Railway Museum at the cultural heart of the new development. Together they will encourage further cultural and economic growth and connect the city’s residents and visitors.

It will be inspired by York’s railway heritage and its historic character.

It’s a partnership between four bodies – Network Rail, the Homes & Communities Agency, City of York Council and the National Railway Museum – who between them own the land that forms York Central.

Our role is to create the masterplan for the site and to manage the subsequent delivery of all development.

A masterplan is the beginning of a process. It is a flexible framework, built on strong principles that will guide future development and help to safeguard quality and site heritage. It is not a fixed plan for the final buildings which will be constructed, but will establish the criteria that investors and developers must satisfy if they wish to put forward plans, ensuring that any future development is right for the city.

What the masterplan will decide is a preferred access option, the basic infrastructure and layout, public realm, how the site will link to each other and surrounding neighbourhoods, an agreed mix of development for the site (residential/ leisure/ commercial), together with guidance on where the mix might be flexible, maximum building height and massing guidelines.

There will be a public consultation process around the masterplan in early 2018. We will be announcing further details of the consultation in due course.