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Allies and Morrison’s York Central scheme submitted to planners

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Allies and Morrison’s 2,500-home York Central regeneration scheme has been submitted to planners

The 45ha project includes office, retail, leisure and community space as well as featuring a hotel and car parking.

It will also deliver an access road, pedestrian and cycling access points, open spaces including a park, the expansion of the adjacent National Railway Museum as well as upgrades to York railway station.

The scheme has been masterplanned by the practice in conjunction with engineer Arup and landscape architect Gustafson Porter + Bowman.

York Central is backed by the York Central Partnership, a consortium of City of York Council, Network Rail, Homes England and the National Railway Museum.

Proposals unveiled earlier this year showed a number of neighbourhoods and a Great Park spanning the length of the teardrop-shaped site.

Once complete, the scheme is expected to increase the size of York’s economy by more than a fifth and create about 6,500 jobs.

The application to City of York Council marks the culmination of a two-year planning and engagement process that included the Festival of York Central, which saw 43 events held over six weeks.

The council has endorsed the submission into the planning process of a design guide drawn up specifically for the scheme. This includes both mandatory requirements and advisory guidelines, and covers issues from height, massing and levels of buildings to the need for manhole covers to blend in with the landscape.

York Central Partnership project lead Tamsin Hart-Jones 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.’ 

York Central - emerging illustrative masterplan

York Central - emerging illustrative masterplan

Source: York Central Partnership / Allies and Morrison

York Central - emerging illustrative masterplan 

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