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Senior councillors agree access route to unlock York Central

City of York Council

Monday 3rd September 2018

Walking, Cycling, Buses, Driving

Work on a road to unlock the York Central site could start as early as spring 2019 after senior councillors agreed on the route of an access road to the 72 hectare brownfield site at an Executive meeting on 30th Aug.

Councillors agreed the route of an access road, bridge and spine road which will allow development of the site, from Water End. The Executive had previously agreed this option for vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access following extensive public engagement.

Now the proposals have been approved by Executive a planning application for the access road will be submitted in the Autumn and detailed design work will commence to ensure that development can start in site in 2019.

The York Central Partnership has been working with the Millennium Green Trust to minimise the impact on the Millennium Green, the lease for which always included a ‘take back’ option for a small area to the north-west to enable the regeneration of York Central.
Following consultation with local residents, the Trust agreed a package which includes a license to use some land during construction, the landscaping of this land when the access road is finished, the provision of alternative land to replace the area taken back and a payment of £375,000 to the Trust to secure their future and fund an ongoing maintenance programme.

Councillor Ian Gillies, leader of City of York Council, said: "This marks another key milestone in unlocking the York Central site and the benefits that come with it for York and the wider region. Accessing the site has always been the big difficulty and I’m pleased that we have now been able to develop a solution alongside partners that is right for the city.

"We now look forward to the next step of submitting a planning application for the access route with the hope to being onsite ready to start in Spring 2019. We would like to thank the Trustees of the Millennium Green Trust for all their positive co-operation to reach a constructive agreement."

Councillor Keith Aspden, Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: "Large steps have been taken towards realising this once in a lifetime opportunity for York, and I would like to thank colleagues in the York Central Partnership. 

"We’ve been clear from the start that strong community engagement was essential to make this opportunity work for the whole city. The voice of residents is having a major impact, including the positioning of the access road. To continue this positive engagement we’d like people to get involved with the consultation on the outline planning application that is now live."

A decision on the planning application for the route of the road is expected by January 2019, along with a further Executive report asking for approval to formalise the York Central Partnership agreement and start construction on the access road. This could take place as early as March 2019.

This marks another key milestone in the development of the site following the outline planning application for the site being submitted earlier this week.

The 30 day statutory consultation period on the outline planning application for York Central commenced on 29 August.
Any comments on the planning application should be made by Friday 28 September 2018, although representations made after this period may also be taken into consideration.

The application can be found at by selecting the ‘View Planning Applications Online’ option and searching using the reference number 18/01884/OUTM. 

Alternatively, hard copies of documents can be inspected between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, at Customer Services Reception, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.  To arrange a viewing please call 01904 551553.

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