A ten year vision for York has just been published.
It sets out the ambitions of the city for residents’ health and wellbeing, the economy and jobs, education, transport and sustainability.
“The plan sets out a broad vision for the city, a set of shared priorities, goals and actions, together with actions the city partners have committed to deliver together,” a report to next week’s City of York Council executive meeting says.
Drawn up by the council with city partners after an 18-month consultation with residents and businesses, it has this mission statement:
York will be a vibrant, prosperous, welcoming and sustainable city, where everyone can share and take pride in its success.
Among the future milestones included in the report are
- the setting up of a Poverty Truth Commission – to tackle poverty which “affects nearly a quarter of our population”
- the adoption of an anti-racist strategy
- the largest archaeological excavation in York for 50 years
- the opening of York Central open spaces, the new NRM Central Hall, the Roman Quarter and a new station frontage
- green ‘passiv’ homes built at Duncombe Barracks, Burnholme and Ordnance Lane
- and the launch of the York Trailblazers sculpture trail.
York ten year plan – Milestones
|2023||The Local Plan is adopted||25% increase in housing over the next 15 years.|
|2023||Launch of York Poverty Truth Commission||People with direct experience of poverty work with decision makers, sharing their knowledge about
what’s truly needed to make change.
|2023||Anti racist strategy, evidence base and recommendations published|
|2023||Work starts on a city wide plan to reduce feelings of loneliness and|
boost community participation
|Reduce the proportion of adults who report feeling
lonely from 25% to 20% of York’s population by 2032
|2023||Launch of Institution of Health and Care improvement at York St John University|
|2023||York Station Gateway work begins on|
|Better access, new public space, pedestrian friendly,
a more welcoming gateway to York
|2023||Duncombe Barracks first residents|
|34 passiv homes 40% affordable, 1 commercial unit|
|2023||National Railway Museum opens new|
gallery – Wonderlab
|Inspiring future generations to consider science,
technology and engineering roles
|2023||Largest archaeological excavation in York for 50 years||Creating opportunities for all York school children to transform our understanding of the beginnings of
|2023||York Trailblazers community|
|To discover and celebrate local heritage stories
about people who are important to communities
|2024||Castle Gateway||New public space|
|2024||Homes at Burnholme are available for|
|83 passiv homes, 40% affordable|
|2024||York Community woodland||210,000 trees are planted|
|2024||Ordnance Lane opens for residents||85 passiv homes, 40% affordable, 8 commercial
units, 2 community facilities
|2024||Haxby station opens for passengers||Welcoming commuters and passengers|
|2024||Mayor elected||York and North Yorkshire devolution unlocks £540m
funding over 30 years
|2024||Local Transport Plan||Developed at a regional level in collaboration with
the Mayoral Combined Authority
|2024||York Poverty Truth Commission|
begins to share findings
|The commission’s feedback informs action to reduce
poverty over the years ahead
|2023||York Trailblazers sculpture trail|
|Discovering new interpretations to celebrate local
|2025||Investment into the Biorenewals|
|Strengthening innovation and business growth in
These are the five priority areas set out in the York ten year plan, and the expectations.
Health and wellbeing
“All York residents (young, old and future residents) will enjoy happier, healthier, longer lives, proud of their city and living in homes that meet their needs, able to actively participant in their communities, with access to the right support at the right time.”
Target: York’s gap in healthy life expectancy between the richest and poorest communities will have significantly reduced.
Education and skills
“All ages will have access to learning throughout their lives to equip them with the skills to succeed commercially and socially, locally and nationally.”
Target: York will be among the top 25% local economies for skill levels as measured by percentage of working age population who are qualified to NVQ Level 4 or higher. There will be ladders of opportunity for people to move on from precarious, low-skilled and low-paid work.
“York’s economy will be vibrant and inclusive with businesses supported to grow and prosper and talent nurtured, retained and supported.
“Our economy will be developed to be well balanced with a mix of different sectors providing opportunities for young and old.”
Target: York will be among the top 25% of local economies in the UK in terms of productivity, pay and skills. York will be among the top 25% most productive local economies as measured by Gross Value Added per hour worked, requiring a 3.8% increase in productivity.
“York’s transport networks will be inclusive and sustainable, connecting neighbourhoods and communities.”
Target: York will have a transport plan which enables and promotes modal shift to sustainable transport. Through the Plan, York will seek to minimise any negative environmental impacts of transport.
“York will be carbon neutral and contribute to the regional ambition to be carbon negative, with iconic green spaces to enjoy today and the environment protected for future generations to enjoy.”
Target: York will be among the first cities in the UK, and lead the region, to be carbon net zero, with carbon emissions reduced every year.
You can read the full report in the Executive agenda for the 15 December Executive meeting here.