One of Britain’s biggest brownfield regeneration projects is popping up in York.
Homes England and Network Rail are behind a proposal that could create 2,500 homes and more than 800,000 m2 of commercial space as part of a new high-quality commercial and residential area in one of Britain’s most historic and sought-after cities.
JLL has been appointed by the landowners to find a strategic development partner to bring the “transformational” 45-acre scheme forward – described as having the potential to grow the York economy by 20 percent.
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Peter Freeman, President of Homes England, said: “Urban renewal schemes such as York Central have a major role to play in delivering the government’s Leveling Up agenda by replacing underutilized brownfield areas with an inviting array of mixed-use buildings and well-appointed public open spaces. Public-private partnerships will be crucial to success, and we’d love to hear from developers who share our ambitions to create thriving new neighborhoods and are interested in playing a key role in the delivery of York Central. “An advanced stage of planning and grounding is in place, and the major infrastructure contract has been signed. It is a great opportunity to bring a long-awaited project to the benefit of York’s community.”
The first phase of York Central is expected to provide a maximum of 650,000 sq ft of commercial space and 700 residential units on the ground next to York Railway Station.
Robin Dobson, group property director at Network Rail, said: “York Central is one of the most strategically important regeneration sites in the UK. It puts the railway at the heart of a new commercial, residential and cultural community, all while providing thousands of new jobs.
“It’s a project that demonstrates the crucial role our railway can play in unlocking places that provide growth. We deliver it through a public and private partnership, an approach we will try to copy in other cities throughout and it will bring lasting benefits to the local community and across Yorkshire. “
A disposition application for the development with mixed use was granted in 2019, and subsequently in 2020 an application for reserved matters was approved for a significant first phase of infrastructure that was delivered.
JLL’s development team will guide public sector partners through the procurement process as they seek to transform the largely brown area into vibrant and distinctive residential, cultural and commercial spaces.
Henry Burton, Director of Development at JLL, said: “York Central is one of a select number of projects across the UK that can be considered as truly transformative regeneration on a scale. In the coming decade, it will bring sustainable growth to York’s economy £ 765 million as the city continues to welcome more than eight million visitors a year, but critically it will also bring much-needed new housing across a diverse mix of leases, with a clear focus on developing inclusive new neighborhoods and communities for to support the growth of the city and the wider region. “
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