Milestone reached on £155m brownfield regen job in York

Property services company JLL has taken on a regeneration job that will deliver up to 2,500 new homes in York.

The company was appointed to find a developer for the site, known as York Central, which spans 45ha and will add more than 800,000 square feet of commercial space to the city. The development project is expected to grow York’s economy by a fifth.

Homes England and Network Rail jointly appointed JLL to the role, and said £155m of public funds will be pumped into the scheme.

The site, located next to York Railway Station, is predominantly owned by the two public bodies, which are leading the project with the City of York Council and the nearby Railway Museum in a body called the York Central Partnership.

The project received planning permission in March 2019, with work expected to last for another 12 years at least. John Sisk has already been selected to deliver a new road, access bridge and rail link to York as part of the project.

The project has had two public funding pots confirmed in recent years, with an initial £77m confirmed in August 2020. More recently, chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak split £328m between three development plans in York Central, Harlow and North Warwickshire as part of the March 2020 budget.

JLL planning & development north director Henry Burton said the plan would be “truly transformational regeneration at scale”.

“[York Central will] bring much-needed new homes across a diverse mix of tenures, with a clear focus on developing inclusive new neighbourhoods and communities to support the growth of the city and the wider region,” he added.

In February, housing secretary Michael Gove put brownfield site developments at the centre of the government’s levelling-up plan, announcing that metro mayors would receive £120m to spend on brownfield development projects.

Progress on the York brownfield site comes weeks after a Transport for London and Barratt Homes plan to develop 454 homes near Wembley Park got the green light.

Also in February, planning officers at Manchester City Council recommended that a £741m project to build 1,950 homes in the centre of the city should get the go-ahead.

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