About My York Central

My York Central launched in February 2018. We’re working with anyone interested in shaping the future of York Central, York’s largest brownfield development site. Share your thoughts, explore ideas and help create a new part of York.

In March and April 2018 we ran the Festival of York Central. We kicked off by calling for any questions anyone had about York Central. We then used the questions to develop four weeks worth of events exploring York Central from lots of different angles. You can read about the events and what happen on our blog.

From these events we ran weekly open anyalsis workshops to pull together Open Briefs – working documents around key areas: Public Space, Home, Work and Movement.

My York Central | Big Ideas, Principles and Vision

Following the end of the York Central Exhibition we tagged all the post it notes and drew out a Vision, a Big Ideas summary and key Principles to guide the development of York Central. You can download the whole document.

You can also read it online via these links:

York Central Partnership Prelude: How will the York Central Partnership use the My York Central summary?
My York Central: How were the Big Ideas, Principles and Visions were produced and how will they be used?
Big Ideas: My York Central
Principles: My York Central
Vision: My York Central
York Central Partnership Annex: Planning Application Engagement context

My York Central in more detail…

My York Central goes beyond conventional community consultation by enabling all those interested to become part of a sustained long-term conversation where influence comes through sharing responsibility for the area and its future. Throughout we are working to make getting involved will be active, challenging and fun. In our approach to York Central we are building the approach developed for My Castle Gateway.

The way we’re approaching this for York Central is through a Festival of York Central in March and April 2018. You can see the various events here.

Our approach includes:

  • Build a brief: Start with the personal… and make different people’s needs and ideas visible (and our thoughts on the value of a good brief can be read here)
  • Explore Challenges: Cultivate a grown up and sophisticated public debate about complex issues (an example from My Castle Gateway here)
  • Make change together: Facilitate community networks and local action as well as long term community influence in decision-making, design and delivery.

But before that – to launch our involvement in the York Central work – we’re calling for any question you may have, no question is a bad or a stupid question. We’ll be using all questions submitted to track down answers where they exist and to design events, workshops and talks where the debate is still open and ours to be had. #MYCQuestions.