Welcome to York Central
A project of huge ambition, transforming underused land into vibrant and distinctive residential neighbourhoods, cultural spaces, and a high-quality commercial quarter at the heart of one of the UK’s most historic and desirable cities. It will power York’s economy into the future, helping to provide the homes the city needs and grow its economy by 20%.
York Central is being brought forward by a collaborative partnership between Homes England, Network Rail, the City of York Council and the National Railway Museum.
Government agency responsible for investing in increasing housing supply and releasing public land to the market. Its involvement has allowed the final pieces of land to become owned by the partnership, with future focus on unlocking the residential potential of York Central.
The national rail infrastructure agency and largest single landowner on the York Central site. Work on the site is being led by the land and commercial division, tasked with generating funds to be reinvested back into the railway by delivering transport and station-led regeneration, housing, jobs and economic growth.
Key catalytic role in York Central, helping to unlock significant funding streams. Over £44.7 million of public sector funding has been secured to help deliver the project and fund the enabling access and infrastructure works. It has also worked hard to gain Housing Zone and Enterprise Zone status.
A leading UK museum and visitor attraction, the National Railway Museum currently welcomes 750,000 visitors annually. As a major landowner and anchor occupier, the Museum has its own £50 million masterplan to enhance and expand facilities by 2025.
York Central is one of the largest city centre brownfield regeneration sites in England, with some parts of the area restricted to rail uses for more than 150 years. The 45 hectare site has been designated as a UK Government ‘Housing Zone’ and has also been awarded ‘Enterprise Zone’ status, which offers commercial occupiers significant incentives.
Located adjacent to the city’s existing retail and business core, York Central offers the opportunity to create a series of new city centre residential and business neighbourhoods, with improved access to the city’s railway station. Uniquely, York Central also has the National Railway Museum as a key anchor to homes and businesses coming to the site. The world-class museum is hoping to attract 1.2 million visitors per annum as part of its own £50 million masterplan.
The partnership has been progressing York Central since the beginning of 2016 and received approval on the outline planning application for the site in March 2019. A further detailed planning application for the road network and new western access at Water End will follow. Subject to approval of these applications, work will commence on site in 2019. The scale of the York Central site means that development could take between 15 to 20 years to complete.
York Central is one of the largest brownfield sites in England. Located next to the city’s existing retail and business core and the railway station, the 45 hectare mixed-use development site has the potential to bring a valuable piece of York city centre to life.
It is a project of huge ambition which will transform underused land into vibrant and distinctive residential neighbourhoods, cultural spaces, and a high-quality commercial quarter to the heart of one of the UK’s most historic and desirable cities. It will also power York’s economy into the future, helping to provide the homes the city needs and grow its economy by 20%.
The National Railway Museum will be the cultural heart of the new development and together they will encourage further cultural and economic growth and connect the city’s residents and visitors.
York Central is being brought forward through a partnership of Homes England, Network Rail, the City of York Council and the National Railway Museum. These four partners bring together funding streams to support the delivery of infrastructure and land assembly, and are working collaboratively to support the development of York Central. Together they will create the masterplan for the site and manage the subsequent delivery of all development.
A masterplan is the beginning of a process. It is a flexible framework built on strong principles which 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 and how the site will link to surrounding neighbourhoods. It will also agree the 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.
The outline planning application for the York Central development was approved by the City of York Council's planning committee on Monday 25th March 2019. The plans submitted are available to view via the City of York’s planning website. Visit https://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/ and enter the planning application reference number 18/01884/OUTM into search box.