York Central Partnership joins forces with My Future York for ‘Festival of York Central’

York Central Partnership has commissioned My Future York to develop and undertake a broader community engagement programme for York Central.

Drawing on My Future York and City of York Council’s engagement work on the regeneration of the  Castle Gateway area, My York Central will create a ‘Festival of York Central’  to build on engagement already undertaken by the partnership and build a broader vision for the scheme.

Working in collaboration with the partnership masterplanning team, My Future York will organise a wide programme of events to further capture the needs and ideas of York residents and explore the challenges that York Central faces. The feedback will help inform the future planning submission and shape longer-term thinking around the site.

Designed to go beyond conventional community consultation, the Festival of York Central will use social media, ‘Pechakucha’ conversation evenings, walk’n’workshop site tours, web and blog content and speaking events. There will also be opportunities to meet with the four partners, the consultant team behind the evolving masterplan and local councillors.

My Future York’s programme sits alongside the ongoing events organised by York Central Partnership, which incorporates pop-up events, workshops and 1-2-1 sessions focused on the key themes that will feature in the planning application.These include movement, open space and environment and design, heritage and uses.

The two streams of engagement will combine around an exhibition of the emerging masterplan at the National Railway Museum in March and April. The exhibition will feature a number of My York Central events.

Feedback from both the planning application engagement, and the My York Central events, will inform further evolution of the masterplan, ahead of a planning application later in the year. The vision work produced by My York Central will help to shape how York Central could develop over the coming years and how it can fit into wider plans for the city.

Tamsin Hart-Jones, project lead from York Central Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to be working with My Future York on the emerging plans and vision for York Central. The masterplan and planning application will look at the infrastructure that will allow York Central to progress, such as access, the volume of housing, commercial space and green spaces.

“The work by My Future York has a broader remit and will help to build a vision of what it will be like to live and work on York Central, as well as exploring how it fits into the wider city.”

Phil Bixby from My Future York, said: “We’re extremely excited to be working with the people of York to bring their ideas and visions into the shaping of York Central, building on the approach we used with My Castle Gateway. We’re launching our work with an open call for questions anyone might have and will use the issues raised to help inform the development of a series of events during the Festival of York Central.

“Our ethos is all about working with people’s ideas about their own future as well as to drawing on local expertise and creativity to stimulate a grown-up conversation about the challenges. We’re looking forward to exploring how we can collectively create a place which truly reflects local people’s ideas of what makes a good place to live, to work and to relax – a place of which we will all be proud.”