York Central Access milestone to be considered on Thursday

Plans for construction of the access road key to finally beginning the development of York Central- one of Europe’s largest brownfield sites- will be considered at this Thursday’s Executive meeting.

Senior councillors of York’s Conservative-led administration will be asked to allow the council to seek a construction partner to build the ‘bridge and spine’ road into the site from Water End, the access road location which was decided upon following extensive consultation.

A new road is crucial to opening up this 72 hectare site and unlocking its growth, which has the potential to drive York’s economy forward for years to come.

The council will lead on the design and construction of the access road before 2021 to take advantage of access to funding via the West Yorkshire Transport Fund, following which regeneration of the site will be led by the York Central Consortium, of which the council is a part.

Cllr. Ian Gillies, Leader of the Council said: “Regenerating this site is vital to expanding our economic base and providing housing for the future.

“Thanks to the efforts of the York Central Partnership, we are overcoming the barriers to take this once in a lifetime opportunity to finally unlock York Central’s immense potential.

“I also welcome the news that the partnership is improving the community engagement on the project. This will help to make sure York Central is developed in a way which is supported by our residents, which is crucial to its success.”