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Decision details

York Central Partnership Legal Agreement

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Purpose of report: The report will set out the proposed Heads of Terms for a partnership agreement between the council and Network rail Homes England and the National Railway Museum for the development of York Central. The report will also consider proposals for ongoing community engagement and seek the release of infrastructure funding subject to the award of planning permission and the award of external grant funding.

Members will be asked to agree the terms of the York Central Partnership agreement and agree the conditional release of funding for the first phase of infrastructure.


Resolved:  (i)      That the Heads of Terms for the York Central Partnership (YCP) legal agreement be approved and that authority be delegated to the Director of Economy & Place and the Director of Corporate & Customer Services to take such steps as are necessary to enter into the legal agreement.


                   (ii)      That £1.2m of the £155m York Central capital budget, to be funded initially from City of York Council’s capital budget, be committed to undertake pre-construction site preparations, including telecommunications mast and rail line relocation and site segregation from the operational railway and bridge agreements with Network Rail, as set out in paragraph 40 of the report.


                   (iii)     That a further £5m of the £155m York Central capital budget, to be funded from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, be committed, subject to planning and external awards, to commence the enabling works, including site clearance, utility diversions and Millennium Green preparation, as set out in paragraphs 42-43.


                   (iv)    That it be acknowledged that a further report will be brought back to Executive to agree the submission of the reserved matters planning application and to commit the capital budget for delivery of the Phase 1 infrastructure, including:

·        bridge access onto the site

·        a new spine road

·        drainage

·        construction of an additional pedestrian and cycle deck onto Severus Bridge

·        construction of a new rail connection between the NRM and the East Coast Main Line

subject to the award of outline planning permission for the scheme and the final agreement of the external grant funding from both the West Yorkshire Transport Fund and the Housing Infrastructure Fund.


Reason:     To ensure the delivery of York Central and to provide funding for enabling infrastructure, including a new access route to York Central, within the timescale of available grant funding.


(v)     That a further report be received, setting out proposals for economic development on York Central.


(vi)    That a business case be prepared for the council to acquire affordable housing on the York Central site as part of the first phase of residential development.


(vii)    That proposals be developed for the next phase of community engagement and a report be brought to Executive to seek financial support for community groups to develop capacity to engage effectively with YCP, with a view to active engagement to deliver social and economic benefits.


Reason:     To ensure that the social, environmental and economic benefits of York Central are delivered and are strongly influenced by community engagement.


Report author: Tracey Carter

Publication date: 18/01/2019

Date of decision: 17/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 17/01/2019 - Executive

Effective from: 22/01/2019

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