Agreement signed to develop York Central regeneration

York Central is one of the UK’s largest city centre regeneration schemes covering 45 hectares and will help to grow York’s economy by 20%.

CGI of potential former Coal Drops looking onto the York Railway Western Station entrance, forming part of the phase one proposals | Homes England | Network Rail Property | McLaren Property | Arlington Real Estate | BTR News
CGI of potential former Coal Drops looking onto the York Railway Western Station entrance, forming part of the phase one proposals. Image Credit: The Collective.

Housebuilding fund manager Homes England and Network Rail Property have signed a development agreement with developer McLaren Property and Arlington Real Estate to be strategic development partners for the £1.1bn York Central development.

The milestone development agreement will lead to the transformation of one of the largest brownfield sites in England, alongside other partners the City of York Council and the National Railway Museum.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the city and a milestone moment in the delivery of York Central. We are committed and passionate about providing much needed new homes, best in class commercial space, along with substantial green space, enhanced public realm and amenities, all of which will bring significant economic benefits and local jobs. As York is my home city, I am genuinely thrilled to work with our partners, local stakeholders and the community on our vision to bring forward a scheme that will breathe new life and regenerate an unutilised brownfield site, connecting it to the great cathedral city of York.”

Tom Gilman, Regional Managing Director, McLaren Property

The mixed-use development will comprise 2,500 new homes (20% of which will be affordable) and create up to one million sq ft of office, retail and hospitality space, along with improvements to the York Railway Station and an enhanced National Railway Museum.

The new offices, retail and leisure uses, to the rear of York station, will create a major new employment hub for northern England.

“York Central is a hugely important scheme and given its scale and significance to the region signing the development agreement is a major step forward. Infrastructure is at the centre of York Central’s success – from using our brownfield land to creating a new community delivering investment, jobs, new homes and amazing open space – all that neighbours the rail network.” 

Robin Dobson, Group Property Director, Network Rail
Aerial image of the York Central Development | Homes England | Network Rail Property | McLaren Property | Arlington Real Estate | BTR News
Aerial image of the York Central Development.

York Central will include a new 17-acre urban park, with 50% of the rejuvenated site set to be green space, along with vibrant public squares that will connect the new development to the surrounding neighbourhoods and the adjacent York City Centre.

Work is already underway on site, preparing it for development, with £135m of infrastructure works currently underway delivering 2km of new roads including bus lanes, segregated footpaths, and cycleways, alongside two new bridges.

“This marks an important step forward for the York Central project, which will have significant impact on the local area. This is a clear example of how Homes England can use its resources and capabilities to bring together public and private sector organisations and make sustainable places possible. This is a proud moment in the journey of York Central and we look forward to future collaboration to bring this unique brownfield regeneration opportunity to life.”

Leon Guyett, Director of Regeneration Partnerships (York), Homes England

York Central has the potential to generate up to 6,500 jobs and will help to grow York’s future economy by 20%, by adding £1.1bn GVA to the city.

McLaren Property and Arlington Real Estate have been undertaking initial community and stakeholder engagement and will continue to work closely with the local community on plans for York Central ahead of submitting plans later this year.

“York Central is recognised as one of the largest city centre regeneration schemes in the UK and will deliver huge benefits, not only for the people of York and its visitors, but for the wider economy. This is a landmark project and completion of the formal Development Agreement is another significant step forward. Creating a brand-new city quarter right in the heart of York, with its own entrance to one of the UK’s best connected railway stations, is an amazing opportunity. We look forward delivering a great place worthy of its unique location and heritage.”

Allan Cook, Founder, Arlington Real Estate