York Central – access

“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.”


York Central Partnership would like to thank you for visiting this York Central access consultation website.

This website has been provided to obtain your views on a number of options for new access routes into the York Central site. We are displaying information that will help you to form these opinions and would be very grateful if you would share your views via the ‘Feedback’ link on this website.

Construction of a new access will permit the future development of the York Central site, unlocking land for the creation of new residential neighbourhoods, new employment opportunities, new parks and public spaces and for further development of the National Railway Museum.

Three deliverable options are being consulted on – two from the west and one from the south. York Central Partnership seeks your input to better understand what the impact of each option might be on you and the wider community and this will complement an assessment criteria which considers factors such as construction viability, transport, heritage, air quality, noise, ecology and cost. Only one of the three options will be selected by York Central Partnership and this will be incorporated into the masterplan.

When giving your feedback, please consider:

What are your hopes and concerns for each of the access options?

What are you most concerned about e.g. noise, pollution, retention of heritage and/or environment etc?

Which of the access options do you think will make it easier for communities to access the site, the city and its amenities?

What do you think will be the overall impact on local communities?

Whatever your thoughts, we’d like you to help us reach a decision on which option to take forwards.

Thank you for your help.

Design principles

York Central Partnership comprises the Homes & Communities Agency, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and City of York Council. The partnership consulted with the public in 2016 through the ‘Seeking Your Views’ event and the findings informed ongoing work to create a masterplan for the project.

This access options consultation forms part of the ongoing work to create a masterplan based on the following principles which were informed by the 2016 Seeking Your Views consultation:

Maximise existing assets, parks, riverfront, industrial heritage and transport centres

Integrate new neighbourhoods and communities with those surrounding the site in a sustainable way

Seek a mix of uses to create a new part of the city which is memorable and distinctive

Prioritise healthy lifestyles with an emphasis on walking, cycling and sustainable movement patterns

The ability to respond to the changing needs of people and the economy over the period of development

A deliverable approach which gives confidence and certainty to the development of new homes and work space

We are still at a very early stage in the development of York Central. As the masterplan progresses, there will be several chances for York residents and city visitors to express opinions on key aspects of the scheme’s design and use – this website providing one of those opportunities.

Public events will take place in Autumn regarding the wider masterplan and this website will also be updated. We’d ask you to remember that the masterplan is the beginning of a process, not the end. It will not deliver a fixed plan for buildings to be constructed but will instead create a framework built on strong principles that will guide future development and help to safeguard quality and site heritage. Additionally, it will establish criteria that investors and developers must satisfy if they wish to put forward plans, ensuring that any future development is right for the city.


This period of consultation will inform our decision regarding which access option to incorporate into the masterplan. However, it does not signal the end of our public engagement – a significant formal consultation event will take place in Autumn where we will once again invite members of the public to express their opinions on a much wider variety of subjects including temporary land uses, housing types, amenities and the impact of development activity on existing communities. Thereafter, there will be further ongoing consultation throughout the project.


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 January 2018. We will be announcing further details of the consultation in due course.