Have your say on York Central proposals
Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the future of York’s largest brownfield site from this month.
Plans were unveiled last month by City of York Council, Network Rail and the National Railway Museum (NRM), to consult with residents and businesses on what has been labelled as the King’s Cross of the North.
Consultation will take place between Monday 18 January and Monday 15 February, via:
Drop-in sessions, at:
- • West Offices: Station Rise, Thursday 21 January 10am – 4pm
- • National Railway Museum: Saturday 30 January 10am – 4pm
- • Holgate and Micklegate joint ward committee: Tuesday 19 January St Paul’s Church, Holgate Road, 6-8pm
- • York Railway Station: Wednesday 3 February 4pm – 7pm
- • Public Exhibition: West Offices, Station Rise. Throughout the duration of the consultation period.
Online at: www.york.gov.uk/consultations
Printed copies of the consultation document and questionnaire are also available at West Offices, Hazel Court and all York Libraries and Explore Centres.
Over the past 12-months, the council has been working in collaboration with Network Rail, the NRM and the Homes and Communities Agency towards a high level masterplan of York Central – a 72 hectare site located in the heart of the city.
The city’s new vision could provide up to 120,000 sq m of high-quality office space, creating up to 7,000 new jobs, a new residential community for up to 2,500 new homes, with opportunities to expand and enhance the National Railway Museum, make improvements to the railway station and create a network of vibrant public squares, green spaces and routes linking to surrounding neighbourhoods.
Cllr Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council, said: “The redevelopment of York Central represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver major growth in York. We welcome all views from residents and businesses on these proposals.
“At City of York Council we are committed to work with Network Rail, the National Railway Museum and the HCA to bring forward development at York Central this will enable us to attract high value jobs, deliver new and much needed sustainable homes and create world-class public spaces which will help define the future for our city. We will also reduce the pressure to build on York’s Greenbelt.”
Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council and Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “Working with partners we have developed a plan for York Central to deliver new jobs and up to 2,500 homes as well as expand the National Railway Museum, improve the railway station and create new public squares, green spaces and transport routes. We now want local residents and businesses to have their say on these proposals.
“York Central could be a game-changing development for our city and it is crucial that we work hand-in-hand with local residents to get the plans right. If we do then it could successfully transform our local economy and provide a historic boost to York. I would therefore encourage everyone to have their say when our consultation starts next week.”
Paul Kirkman, Director, National Railway Museum: “York Central offers the greatest opportunity for the museum since we opened 40 years ago. We want to be the cultural heart of the development and to create an inspiring arrival and entrance fitting for a world-class museum.
“Expanding the site would enable us to join our galleries and provide proper orientation, as well as level access. It would also provide the catalyst to transform our displays and interpretation for our visitors, which we aim to grow to over 1 million each year.
“All this would bring broader benefits to the York economy through job creation and increased tourism spend. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to have their say on the plans and how the museum is incorporated into this exciting development.”
For more information about the proposals visit www.york.gov.uk/yorkcentral