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York Central update

City of York Council

12:00am 3rd April 2012

City of York Council's Cabinet is receiving an update on the progress of one of York's most significant development sites at a meeting today (April 3rd 2012).

The York Central site, around 35 hectares of brownfield land behind York Station, is a longstanding development aspiration of the council and site stakeholders, including Network Rail.

The council and site stakeholders are currently preparing the necessary supporting documents and background work to ensure that the York Central project can be taken back to the market at the earliest opportunity, to attract potential developers.

The authority has led a review of the York Central project, with the aim of providing additional certainty in terms of planning and transport, and exploring costs and funding approaches for the development of the site. The outcomes of this work will be used to prepare the York Central planning framework, which it is hoped will be consulted on in draft form this summer.

Pre-planning work is also progressing well, with the recent endorsement of the York Northwest Transport Masterplan and access feasibility study by councillors. More certainty has also been reached around how to access the site, with agreement in principle for a plan to deliver a new access from Poppleton Road, with a second new access, when required, from Water End.   

The council and site stakeholders are currently preparing a program of works in order to take a deliverable York central project back to market at the earliest opportunity, whilst in the shorter term  delivering new jobs through rail development in the form of the Network Rail Operating and Training facility. training

Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet member for City Strategy, said:

"York Central is one of the city's most important development sites, and I'm encouraged by the ongoing progress and continued commitment for the development of the site from all the partners. We now need to make the next steps forward towards bringing this site to market."

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