York Central regeneration a step closer as site clearance works begin

27 January 2021

A new generation of jobs, housing, leisure and cultural facilities for York move a step closer next week as early site clearance works take place on the York Central site.

City of York Council and contractors, John Sisk and Son, are currently talking to local businesses and delivering letters to around 300 neighbouring residents ahead of the works taking place.

The site clearance works will prepare the area for the infrastructure works to unlock the 42 hectare site, which will provide up to 2500 new homes; up to 1.2 million square feet of commercial development as well as vastly improved visitor access experience at the National Railway Museum.

The area has enterprise zone status and will provide around 6500 new jobs and a £1.2bn boost to the local economy.

Cllr Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, said: “With the economic impact of the pandemic becoming ever more apparent, it is essential that we continue to progress the city’s key regeneration sites, like York Central, which underpin our efforts to build back better.

“It is credit to the commitment and shared vision of the partners that we’ve managed to secure the funding, gain planning approval and now start on site works, despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

“York Central remains one of the most important and attractive regeneration sites in the country and is an opportunity that many other towns and cities in the UK would envy.”

“We will continue to work together to deliver on the ambitions of the York Central project; driving inclusive growth and creating a new sustainable community in the heart of the city.”

The initial works include:
•    Creating the site compound and temporary access
•    Clearing vegetation on land owned by Homes England and Network Rail
•    Removing three disused buildings

This includes the overnight closures of Leeman Road tunnel for 3 nights from Tuesday 2 February to allow overnight delivery of cabins required for the construction site. This will be limited to a small number of overnight closures between 11:16pm and 6.00am.

All the work has been approved as part of the planning approval on the site, which included a detailed assessment of the heritage value of the buildings.

More than 300 mature trees will be planted during the next phases of infrastructure works, while the development also includes the largest park in the city for 100 years and areas to encourage biodiversity. City of York Council is also committed to planting 50,000 trees in the city by 2023.

Councillor Nigel Ayre, executive member for finance and performance, said: “This is very welcome and positive news, and a reminder to all our residents that our city is ready to recover from the pandemic and attract the jobs and investment we need to achieve this.

“We’re working closely with John Sisk and Sons to limit any disruption to neighbouring residents and businesses, and to keep them informed of any works.

“I can also reassure residents that essential journeys will not be affected. The night-only road closures won’t happen until after the last bus, and there will always be a small diversion in place.

“As ever, we thank all local residents and businesses for their patience.”

York Central is being delivered in partnership by Network Rail, Homes England, National Railway Museum and City of York Council. Homes England and Network Rail have supported the development of the site through land acquisition and master planning, and they will now oversee the infrastructure projects.

John Sisk and Son have been appointed as lead contractor for these site clearance works.

This infrastructure work is part of a wider £155m funding pot secured by the York Central Partnership to deliver infrastructure to open up the site for development.

This includes:

£77.1m funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

£23.5m of a total of £37.2m from the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund and Leeds City Region Growth Deal, which will also fund the ambitious plans to transform the front of the railway station.

The West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund has been part-funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal, a £1 billion package of Government funding to drive growth and job creation across the Leeds City Region.

The aim is to create around 20,000 new jobs and add £2.4 billion a year to the economy by the mid-2030s.

On top of a £6m Local Growth Fund contribution, from the York and North Yorkshire LEP, a further £35m has been secured to be repaid using retained business rates from the York Central Enterprise Zone.


This press release was originally published by City of York Council.

Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Some additional key facts:

  • There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
  • The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
  • LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.




Some Northern Powerhouse key facts:

  • The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK.
  • The government has awarded £3.4bn in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.
  • 17 Enterprise Zones across the North have already attracted £1.3bn of private sector investments and helped attract nearly 9,000 jobs since 2012.

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