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Senior councillors to consider road to unlock York Central

City of York Council

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Walking, Cycling, Buses, Driving, Mobility and Accessibility

Senior councillors are set to consider another major step towards unlocking the York Central site’s potential to provide jobs, homes, public spaces and huge economic benefits for the city.

A report published ahead of next Thursday’s Executive meeting asks councillors to agree the route of an access road, bridge and spine road which will allow development of the site. The western access option, which will see vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access from Water End, was chosen as the preferred option in March following extensive public engagement.

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 has 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 the future of the Trust and fund an ongoing maintenance programme.
If Executive approve the proposals, a planning application for the access road would be submitted in September and detailed design work will commence to ensure that development can start in 2019.

Councillor Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council, said: "York Central offers a unique opportunity to revitalise the city’s economy. As well as up to 2,500 homes for people on all incomes and the Grade A office space we need to attract higher paying sectors to the city, the public spaces and facilities will be enjoyed by generations of York residents. Accessing the site has always been the big difficulty with unlocking that potential, so it is encouraging to see this amount of progress and 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. The partnership is also hopeful that it will secure multi million pound funding from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund, which is designed to accelerate the delivery of homes in the UK. 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, and we will make sure that continues."

A decision on the planning application would be 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.

The council's Executive will meet at 5:30pm on Thursday 30 August at West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA. The meeting will also be broadcast live on the council's website. To read the report, including the full list of recommendations and funding details, go to http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10471&Ver=4