York Chamber has responded to the consultation on plans to develop the land around the city’s railway station.
Known as ‘York Central’, the site was designated an enterprise zone last year and the local authority has recently been seeking views on creating a mixed used scheme of housing, office, leisure and retail. Views of Chamber members were gathered via the city’s property forum, run by the Chamber, and fed back to the local authority.
The overall plans for the site have been welcomed, but the response highlights the need to fill in several missing gaps before it can move forward. The scheme needs to be part of the still-to-be-agreed Local Plan – but reaching a preferred scheme for the York Central site should not hold up progress on the Local Plan; more clarity is needed on the amount of housing and office space to be created; and a more detailed assessment of matters such as remediation work and infrastructure requirements is required to determine the viability of the development.
The Chamber has offered support to York Council in the hope of driving the project forward.
O’Neill Associates’ Eamonn Keogh, who chairs York Property Forum, said:
“Members of the forum have a wealth of experience on all aspects of development and we welcome the opportunity to engage and collaborate on this important project. Members at a recent meeting did question how the housing numbers, in particular, would stack up on such a site, and we have a responsibility to feed that back to the project directors, who we have also offered to meet up with.”
The two-page response is available here.