28 March 2019
Outline Plans Approved for 2500 Homes in York Central Development Scheme
The latest update on the York Central development project is that it is now ‘one step closer’ to becoming a reality, after planning bosses at City of York Council approved the scheme.
With work scheduled to possibly start later in 2019, the development will cost £650 milion and councillors voted by a majority to grant outline planning permission this week.
Involving the construction of up to 2,500 homes and 86,600 square metres of office space on a brownfield site behind York railway station, the plans are strongly supported by council leader Ian Gillies, who urged members of the committee to approve the plans – saying millions of pounds of funding would be put at risk if the proposals were turned down or even delayed.
Concerns have been raised by residents including air pollution, traffic and affordability of the houses planned to be built, however Cllr John Galvin, a member of the planning committee, told the Press: “We have had 30 years to get to where we are now and it’s going to take a minimum of 20 years to get this completed. The sad fact is that I won’t even be here when it’s open – I would love to come down and see it when it’s finished. This is the first step on a long and arduous journey.”
The application will now be considered by the Secretary of State. A detailed planning application, including designs for the style of homes and offices, would then be submitted to the council. York Central Partnership says work is due to begin at the site later this year, with housing and commercial property being built from 2020 and the development completed in 15 years.
A spokesperson for York Central Partnership said: “This is a huge moment for a project. York Central represents the biggest opportunity to transform York in generations, and the council’s decision today marks a huge step forward in bringing much needed homes and jobs into the city. We now look forward to working with our partners to bring forward the first phase and getting on site to deliver real change on the ground so the people of York can benefit from York Central as soon as possible.”
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