York Central Partnership has submitted an application for planning permission for 2,500 homes in the centre of York.
York Central is one of the largest city centre brownfield regenerations projects in the UK and the plans also include new residential, cultural and business neighbourhoods in the city centre.
In a statement, the group say that once completed the project is expected to increase the size of York’s economy by over 20% and create around 6,500 jobs.
A spokesman told NewStart that there is a commitment to make 20% of the homes affordable.
An extensive planning and engagement process began back in 2016 and included the ‘Festival of York Central’, which saw 43 events held over a six week period, including drop-in family events, workshops in local schools, walking and cycling tours, and film screenings.
The site sits to the west of the city’s railway station between the A19 and A59 road corridors, and as it is contained by operational rail lines it has remained undeveloped.
Tamsin Hart-Jones, project lead from York Central Partnership, said: ‘This is a huge step forward in the delivery of York Central and in the future of York as we seek permission for the masterplan.
‘A positive decision will unlock this underused piece of land and demonstrate a commitment to seeing it brought forward for the good of the city and its residents. We would encourage as many people as possible to view the plans and make comments to the planning authority within the consultation period.
‘This is part of playing an active role in how York Central evolves, as the masterplan is the blueprint for future development on the site, but what actually gets built can still be shaped.’
York Central is a collaborative partnership between Homes England, Network Rail, the City of York Council and the National Railway Museum.