Public events held by the York Central Partnership in February and March have proved popular, receiving positive feedback to help shape the next stages of York Central.
Over 450+ people visited in person or online events and gave their views on emerging designs for the new Square between the York Railway station and the National Railway Museum. They also had the opportunity to share their views on the proposed Government Hub which could be the first commercial space on what is the one of the largest city centre brownfield regeneration sites in England.
Individuals were invited to give their thoughts on the types of materials to be used and the street furniture they would like to see. Use of planting and greenery to define spaces and add biodiversity was explored, as well as the use of lighting and water features. Key themes were accessibility, safety and sustainability in the future designs, while keeping York’s heritage as a primary influence.
Natalie Webster on behalf of Homes England and Network Rail, says, “We’ve had some really positive sessions and some great questions about the scheme. We’ve been able to acknowledge people’s concerns about areas where they have been previously misinformed, particularly around access and infrastructure. Plus, we’ve been able to gather feedback that we can use in future phases of the scheme including accessible community areas, flexible uses for public space and potential ideas for commercial ventures.”
“With momentum gathering on site at York Central, developments at the neighbouring Riverside Pathway and Station Gateway Project as well as the National Railway Museum, it is an exciting time for the city.”
The online survey closed at midnight on March 22nd and the feedback will be combined to inform the reserve matters application in late Spring 2023.
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