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Leading Lib Dem hails York Central progress

February 20, 2017 5:11 PM

A leading Liberal Democrat peer has hailed progress on York Central on a visit to the city and urged the Government to continue to back the plans.

Lord Shipley, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Communities, Decentralisation and the Northern Powerhouse and a former government cities advisor, toured the York Central site on Wednesday 15th February with Deputy Council Leader Cllr Keith Aspden, Cllr Ann Reid, and representatives from Network Rail.

Lord Shipley with Cllrs Aspden and Reid

Lord Shipley learnt about the vision for York Central developed by the Council, Network Rail and the National Railway Museum (NRM). This includes plans for up to 2,500 new homes, high-quality office space to create 7,000 new jobs, as well as proposals to improve the railway station and create new public squares, green spaces and transport routes. Part of the plans include the opportunity to expand and enhance the NRM.

Lord Shipley, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Communities, Decentralisation and the Northern Powerhouse, commented:

"It was great to tour the site and hear about the progress that has already been made. It is the future of projects such as York Central that will determine whether the Northern Powerhouse really moves from rhetoric into reality. With the cuts to local government budgets continuing and the uncertainly thrown up by Brexit, it is more important than ever that the Government supports economies in the north whether that be here in York or in my home city of Newcastle."

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of City of York Council, commented:

"I was delighted to tour the site today with Lord Shipley and explain how our plans are developing following the successful public consultation last year. York Central could be a game-changing development for the city delivering thousands of new homes and jobs. The support from government and regional agencies has been a tremendous vote of confidence in our vision. I hope this support can continue and we can work with local residents and partners to continue progress in the coming months."

The York Central plans have received a number of major boosts over the 18 months including the award of Enterprise Zone status, designation as a Housing Zone, the signing of a 'Memorandum of Understanding' with the Government, and the promise of funding through both the Leeds City Region and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP. In a public consultation last year, residents overwhelmingly backed the plans for redevelopment.