Julian presses Housing Secretary to back York Central project ahead of York Council meeting
May 7, 2020
Ahead of tonight’s City of York Council executive meeting, Julian has written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, for assurances that Government funding for the York Central development remains in place.
Julian believes that as soon as it is appropriate a contractor should be appointed by the York Central Partnership to avoid further delays to the landmark project.
Just in March, Julian welcomed approval of up to £77 million worth of Government funding to kick start work on York Central and took keen interest in the latest planning application, with was submitted towards the end of April.
Julian believes that members of the council executive need to dispel any doubt, and reaffirm their commitment to a prompt commencement to work on the York Central development.
Speaking after writing to the Secretary of State, Julian said:
“The Covid-19 outbreak has brought a number of unexpected costs to the Government and local authorities, but now is the time to be forward thinking by focusing on projects that are vital to York’s recovery, as well as the long-term security of our local economy.
With the bulk of funding coming from ring-fenced Government grants and other public bodies, there should be no hold-up to progress from City of York Council on York Central, which has the potential to provide the homes and high-quality commercial space our city needs.
I have made the case for funding for York Central over a number of years, and now the Government have approved investment there should no delay in progressing what is an incredible opportunity for York.”