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York is a city which is constantly evolving, where modern infrastructure meets priceless heritage. With significant developments in the city centre and suburbs planned over the next decade, it is our ambition that culture is fully embedded into local investment and city planning developments, with the arts and heritage and cultural wellbeing integral to development processes.

Through York’s Creative Future, the York Culture Strategy 2020-2025, we are working to ensure that:

  • Culture will be at the centre of place-based developments
  • New cultural leadership will advocate to embed culture into major infrastructure developments
  • Redefining meanings of spaces utilising engagement with residents, heritage research and exploring the meaning of place
  • Enhanced and new public realm space created and enhanced music facilities
  • Enhanced perception of the attractions and opportunities offered by the city
  • Establishment of new creative workspaces as part of the cultural fabric of the city

For more information, please read the full strategy here.

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York Theatre Royal - Pop Up Patio © Karen Boyes


The City of York Council is running an engagement piece with the public. This is your chance to get involved in a city-wide discussion, helping the city get to grips with some of the biggest challenges facing us. For more information, please visitOur Big Conversation – City of York Council  

As the city continues its recovery, the City of York Council is relaunching My City Centre York to seek your views to shape a people-focused, business-friendly city centre where people love to spend time, live and work. My City Centre York – City of York Council

Design work has started for a proposed new public space in the ‘Castle and Eye of York’ area, including the space currently used as Castle Car Park. Details of the events and blogs throughout the design process will be available online.  

The Guildhall is one of the city’s most prestigious and historically significant buildings. Find out more about current developments here.

York Central Co-owned (YoCo) started life as My York Central: a festival of public engagement and events in 2019, looking at ways to develop the York Central site as an urban extension to York City Centre. YoCo are looking to hear from people who are part of the past, present and future of the area.

Read more about the major development work at York Central.

With an exciting programme of exhibitions, workshops, installations, creative careers advice, presentations, and live music, York Design Week takes place from the 20th - 26th October 2021. York Design Week

City of York Council are developing a new Local Plan, in line with the National Policy Planning Framework. Find out more about it here: New Local Plan – City of York Council

Full list of major developments

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