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York Central project moves forward


The proposed York Central development, which will include 2,500 homes and support the creation of 6,500 jobs, is set to move forward with further details to be considered at a meeting next week (18 July 2019).Kit Malthouse, the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, has recently made the decision not to call in the planning decision following the approval of an outline application in March.City of York Council will now work with its construction partner to finalise the design work for the enabling infrastructure. This includes the access road bridge and spine road through the site, a pedestrian bridge on Water End and a rail link to the NRM.A reserved matters planning application will then be submitted to open up the site.The report to be considered by the council’s Executive on 18 July will set the potential opportunities available maximise the benefits of the York Central site. These include a greater proportion of affordable homes, higher sustainable build standards, inclusion of York Central in the Clean Air Zone and an option to build a new bus lane ahead of schedule.The report highlights the delays to the programme due to the referral of the planning decision to the Secretary of State, and the decision over an application for £77.1m to the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.It also asks the council to allocate £750,000 to fund early contractor involvement to finalise a planning application for the bridge and spine road, which will allow access to the site from Water End.The York Central Partnership (YCP) members, Homes England, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and City of York Council, have been working collaboratively for the past four years on a £155m funding package for infrastructure works to unlock the brownfield land.