Reserved matters application

This page relates to the pre-planning consultation, the application was submitted on 16 April 2020 and approved by City of York Council planning committee on 12 November 2020.


The full reserved matters application can be found on the council planning portal. Enter reference number 20/00710/REMM.


York Central is the most significant urban expansion in the ancient city of York’s modern history and currently one of the largest development projects in the UK. The proposals presented here relate only to the infrastructure and associated landscaping works required to create a new east-west route from Water End to Station Rise.

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The partnership approach

York Central Partnership would like to thank you for visiting this York Central reserved matters application consultation website.


Stopping up order

Homes England, Network Rail and the National Railway Museum have applied to the Department for Transport for a Stopping Up Order (SUO) for part of Leeman Road. This will improve the environment for homes off Leeman Road, simplify the highway layout at Museum Square and facilitate the construction of a new Central Hall linking the NRM buildings. This is an entirely separate legal process to the Reserved Matters Application.
To view the detailed proposals of the SUO please look out for the on-street and press notices and when these are published you can ask to view full scale plans at City of York Council West Offices Customer Services Reception, Station Rise YO1 6GA.

Wider proposals

In addition to these proposals, other related schemes and events of interest are:
• The National Railway Museum is sharing five design concepts for its new Central Hall. You can view them in the museum’s Great Hall until 29 March
• The council, LNER and Network Rail are working together on plans to transform the front entrance to the railway station
• A new phase of My York Central community engagement activity will run throughout 2020. Keep an eye out for events at, or follow @MyYorkCentral on twitter and on facebook/myyorkcentral

A Phase 1 Infrastructure Reserved Matters Application (RMA) will be submitted from March 2020 following the Outline Planning Permission for York Central granted in December 2019.

The development is being facilitated by a collaborative approach between the members of the York Central Partnership (YCP) – Network Rail, Homes England, City of York Council and the National Railway Museum. As the scheme proceeds each party will take a different role in delivering the site focused on unlocking the site’s potential and realising a long-held ambition for York.

Network Rail and Homes England, as the majority landowners, will lead on the delivery of development on the site in conjunction with future development partners. This will lead to future planning applications
to deal with housing, employment, infrastructure and parkland. The National Railway Museum is investing £50m to provide a world-class cultural cornerstone for the site.

City of York Council is delivering the significant initial elements of the site infrastructure to create the paths, cycleways and highways shown on the drawings throughout this exhibition. This is the first part of the site’s regeneration that we are sharing with you now and these proposals will form the Phase 1 Infrastructure Reserved Matters Application (RMA).

What has already been agreed?

Homes England and Network Rail, as the majority landowners, received outline planning permission for the masterplan in December 2019. This agrees the principles of the regeneration, with up to 2,500 new homes, approximately one million sq ft of new Grade A offices and hotel use with up to 6,500 new jobs created. The stopping up of part of Leeman Road is also approved in principle as part of the outline planning permission. The conditions attached to the planning decision and the associated s106 Planning Agreement provide the basis for development of the site with numerous benefits that will be realised during the course of the site’s development. Some will be provided immediately once the Phase 1 Infrastructure has been constructed. The majority will follow as later phases of development are delivered by the Homes England/Network Rail project team.

How we respond to public engagement

Extensive public engagement is central to securing regeneration which works for York’s residents and businesses. This makes sure that proposals for the site can respond to York’s needs and aspirations around sustainability, the city’s unique heritage, quality design and providing the housing and jobs the city needs.


The Phase 1 Infrastructure RMA proposals build on extensive public engagement which has been undertaken throughout the project since 2017 including the Festival of York Central (June-July 2018). The Festival of York Central saw nearly 6,000 comments and contributions left both online and at the 43 events held over six weeks. There was an intensive period of consultation with the Millennium Green Trust (MGT) (February – August 2018) on the road alignment and landscaping. MGT also held its own consultation in July 2018 to share proposals with the local community. The National Railway Museum has also undertaken targeted engagement in relation to access and the proposed Central Hall which has also been subject to a design competition.

Going beyond the planning consent

The outline planning permission and Design Guide secure a range of benefits for York residents and businesses, and high standards of design and sustainability. YCP is committed to delivering those benefits for the city, and in addition are actively exploring several potential ways which York Central might be even better. A bus lane will be delivered at the start of the regeneration rather than later in the programme. Other elements which could form part of future planning applications are listed below:
• YCP is exploring how to get the largest possible amount of affordable housing, and deliver community-led housing, on the development.
• YCP is looking to learn from other cities to identify if any methods for making sure homes are lived in and not used for holiday rents would work in York.
• The council is working with bus operators to see if York can be added to the city’s clean air bus zone, and talking to partners about increasing sustainability even further.
• YCP is also considering options to bring the bulk of construction materials in by rail rather than road.

Benefits secured through the planning permission

1. Prioritising sustainable travel York Central is designed as a place for people not cars. Overall £5m will be set aside to promote sustainable travel. Park Street is designed for a speed of 20mph in order to create a safer environment for pedestrians. A network of segregated pedestrian paths and a new segregated cycle path network will run
through the site.

A new bus lane will be incorporated into part of the highway through the site. Busstops will be provided along the main roads and next to the new west entrance to the railway station that will be built as part of the new site infrastructure. The permission specifies cycle parking standards for new developments and for the provision of 300 new cycle spaces to the west of the railway station.

On-site parking will be limited to the numbers contained in the planning permission with multi storey car parks to
replace existing surface level parking for uses such as the railway station, NRM and new offices. Electric Vehicle charging points will be provided for on street and commercial parking. Parking places throughout the site will be kept to lower levels than the maximum standards set out in planning policy. Other measures to promote non car use include employment of a site-wide travel coordinator, a city car club and sustainable travel pack for all new residents.

The proposals are flexible, so can accommodate changes to policy and the ways road networks are managed.

The southern connection into York Central from the Holgate area for pedestrians and cyclists will also be improved in a future phase prior to new residents moving in.

2. Creating a green lung in the city centre

More than 300 mature trees will be planted during the phase one infrastructure work. The regeneration will also create the largest park in the city for a hundred years, with a variety of different ecological treatments promoting biodiversity and there will be further tree planting in later development phases.

3. Guaranteeing high standards for design and sustainability

Natural methods of drainage and water management will be built into the park to improve the city’s resilience to climate change, while all commercial parts of the scheme will be delivered to the BREEAM Excellent benchmark for sustainable
standards or its equivalent.

4. Affordable housing and community facilities

The planning permission provides for at least 20% of the homes built on site to be available at affordable rent or sale and for provision of 5% of dwellings to be made available for sale as community or self-build schemes. In addition to the affordable housing commitments, the s106 Agreement provides funding of up to £6.5m for contributions to local education, community sports facilities, improvements to footpaths and highways and other improvements in neighbouring communities. Community and health facilities will also be provided within the scheme.

How to comment

How to find out about the proposals

This consultation will last from Monday 24 February 2020 until 6 March 2020.


You can see this information online at


The exhibition will be available to view at the following dates and locations:
• City of York Council West Offices, Station Rise YO1 6GA in the foyer – Monday 24th February to Friday 6th March, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
• York Explore, Library Square, Museum Street, YO1 7DS – Monday 24th February to Sunday 1st March. Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm
• Railway Institute Sports Club, 22 Queen Street YO24 1AD – Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March from 7am to 10 pm


Get answers to your questions about the proposals from the project team at one of these drop-in events:
• Tuesday 25th February at City of York Council West Offi ces, Station Rise YO1 6GA from 9am to 1pm
• Thursday 27th February at St Barnabas Church, Jubilee Terrace YO26 4YZ from 1pm to 5pm
• Saturday 29th February at York Explore, Library Square, Museum Street, YO1 7DS from 10am to 1pm
• Wednesday 4th March at York Explore, Library Square, Museum Street, YO1 7DS from 10am to 1pm and from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Stakeholder workshop

Key stakeholder groups have been invited to attend a workshop session during the second week of the engagement process.

How to provide feedback

Please let us have any thoughts or comments on the proposals – there are three ways you can do this:

You can offer comments online

If you are at a drop-in:
• Please communicate your thoughts and feedback to a member of the team who will record the feedback; or
• Please use one of the simple forms to write down your thoughts – please identify the topic which is most relevant to your feedback
• Or use a post-it to make your comment on one of the boards

If you are looking at the unstaffed exhibition:

• Please use one of the simple forms to write down your thoughts – please identify the topic which is most relevant to your feedback
• Or use a post-it to make your comment on one of the boards Alternatively, please visit the website and complete a feedback form

Or join the York Central mailing list visit

How we will use your feedback

We will use this feedback to finalise the Phase 1 Infrastructure RMA submission.

Next steps for the RMA

The Phase 1 Infrastructure RMA is due to be submitted at the end of March 2020. The full proposals will be available to view once they have been submitted. The council will publicise and advertise the submission.

You will then be able to view the full RMA proposals:
• online at
• or ask to look at the plans and documents in person at the City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA