THE York Central Partnership says its proposed redevelopment of land behind York Railway Station will include 'much needed and significant' employment space and could create 6,500 new jobs.

A spokeswoman was responding to claims yesterday by a retired town planner, Richard Clark, that the York Central planning application failed to capture the potential of one of the most important urban sites in the North of England by attracting good office, professional and administrative jobs. He claimed most of the site would be filled with expensive apartments with high service charges.

The spokeswoman said the scheme responded to the current absence of high quality office space in the city with proposals for a new central business district, with "Grade A" office space as well as space for other employment uses. "The site has the potential to create 6,500 new jobs for the city," she said.

"We have worked with our long term commercial advisors Savills as well as partners including Make it York and the Local Enterprise Partnerships to understand the demand and develop the proposals."