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Government minister explores York's ‘Teardrop’ site
9:18am Saturday 16th March 2013 in News
A GOVERNMENT minister has visited York to explore how work on one of the city’s key development sites can be kickstarted.
Nick Boles, parliamentary under secretary of state for planning, met City of York Council leader James Alexander and senior officials from the authority to discuss the York Central “teardrop” site. Progress on the site stalled in 2009 when the search for a developer was halted amid the credit crunch. It is the largest brownfield site in Europe, covering almost 37 hectares stretching from York Station to the former British Sugar factory.
Coun Alexander said: “The development of York Central is crucial so we can continue to grow the city’s economy, meet our long-term office development needs and address our expanding population’s need for new homes.
“At the same time, the development will be regenerating a very large, underused and unsightly area of land in the city. The potential is huge and, through meeting Nick Boles and lobbying Government for Critical Infrastructure investment, we hope to finally be in a position to move York Central forwards.”
The council hopes Critical Infrastructure funding, designed to support “economically important growth sites”, will be announced in next week’s Budget.
York Central and other stalled development sites in York were also being showcased to international property investors at this week’s MIPIM conference in Cannes, France.