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Major new York redevelopment mooted

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

Details of a master plan for the ambitious redevelopment of York’s largest brownfield site have been unveiled this week.

York Central, a 72-hectare site in the heart of the city, could be transformed to provide some 2,500 new homes, up to 120,000 square metres of high-quality office space creating up to 7,000 new jobs, the expansion and enhancement of the National Railway Museum (NRM), improvements to the railway station and the creation of a network of public squares, green spaces and routes linking to surrounding neighbourhoods.

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 master plan for York Central labelled as the Kings Cross of the North.

York Central was recently identified as an Enterprise Zone by the Government following a joint bid by City of York Council and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, which will potentially unlock over £100m to help deliver the York Central site.

Council leader Chris Steward said: “The redevelopment of York Central represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver major growth in York. 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 green belt.”


Roger Milne