York announces progress on 2,500-home York Central scheme

City of York Council has announced further details about its huge York Central scheme which will create up to 2,500 new homes.

The council has confirmed that the York Central partnership – consisting of the council, Homes England, Network Rail and the city’s National Railway Museum – submitted a planning application last month to deliver the infrastructure needed to ‘unlock’ the 45-hectare site.

The government allocated over £77m in funding to the project in its Budget back in March, bumping up the scheme’s overall funding to £155m.

York Central, one of the country’s largest urban brownfield regeneration sites, is currently being considered as a potential site for the relocation of the House of Lords.

Cllr Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, said: “We are pleased that the partnership is in line to receive over £77m from the Government.

“York Central remains one of the most important and attractive regeneration sites in the country, something reinforced by the recent interest regarding the relocation of the House of Lords.”

The council will soon decide on the outcome of the reserved matters planning application dealing with the infrastructure of the project.

The plans for the brownfield site will also go out for further consultation with local communities and organisations in the city as they develop.

In 2019, the council granted initial planning permission for York Central to Network Rail and Homes England, who are the largest landowners of the site.

The regeneration of York Central will create up to 2,500 homes and up to 6,500 jobs. The site will also feature excellent transport links as well as several new public spaces including York’s first new park in over 100 years.

York Central has been designated an Enterprise Zone by the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is expected to provide a £1.16 billion boost to the local economy.

Cllr Aspen added: “The council and its partners remain committed to delivering the scheme and the goals that underpin the project, to drive inclusive growth and create a new sustainable community in the heart of the city.

“We will continue to ensure residents, businesses and local organisations have the opportunity to have their say on the scheme, as the proposals develop moving forward.”

Photo: Artist’s impression of the proposed York Central scheme. Credit: York Central Partnership

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