Plans to unlock key city regeneration site set to be determined

City of York Council’s planning committee are set to determine a reserved matters application for the first phase of infrastructure works to unlock the York Central site when they meet on 12 November.

The York Central Partnership made up of Network Rail, Homes England, National Railway Museum and City of York Council submitted the Reserved Matters application in April, following extensive public engagement in February and March.

The York Central Partnership is developing proposals to regenerate the 45 hectare-site – one of the largest city centre brownfield development sites in the UK.

More recently, £77.1m of funding was secured in the Chancellors’ March 2020 Budget to progress the infrastructure works.

Outline planning permission was approved by the Council’s Planning Committee last year.

This established the principles of the regeneration, with the potential for creating, an estimated 6,500 jobs, up to 2,500 homes, a range of public spaces, and a new transport network which prioritises active and sustainable travel in the heart of the city.

The first Reserved Matters application proposals include:

•    New access routes throughout the site, including 1.85km (1.1 miles) of segregated cycle and pedestrian pathways;
•    A bus lane on Cinder Street, and routes for two park and ride services to run through the site;
•    A new bridge across the East Coast Mainline;
•    A 4m shared pedestrian and cycle bridge added to the Water End bridge;
•    New streets and access points, including a Leeman Road link road, change to Leeman Road tunnel and Marble Arch;
•    A new rail siding which will be used by the National Railway Museum;
•    Significant tree planting and landscaping along the routes, and new pathways and landscaping linking to the Leeman Road Millennium Green.

The planning committee will only be considering the reserved matters application.

The Department for Transport will be considering the stopping up order for Leeman Road as part of a separate process.