CG rendering of the Roman Quarter development.
Jane Imrie

Plans revised for York Roman Quarter scheme set to create 450 jobs

Plans for a development in York city centre have been revised after issues were raised by stakeholders and other consultees.

The Roman Quarter development has now been reduced in height to be lower than the adjacent buildings.

Led by a partnership between developer North Star and York Archaeological Trust, the development is set to bring a Roman visitor attraction to the city through a two-year archaeological dig as well as regenerate Rougier Street.

In addition to the height reduction, the total number of new homes has been reduced from 290 to 250 in response to feedback given by a range of stakeholders.

A spokesperson for North Star commented: “We want to deliver this exciting project as quickly as possible which is why we have amended the plans.

“In the post-Covid uncertain economic times, we feel that this project will be a major boost to York City Centre and help with York’s economic recovery. It will raise the city’s profile, create a fantastic new educational and cultural attraction and will show the city moving forward.

“The feedback and support we have had on the proposals has been very encouraging and these plans offer a once in a generation opportunity to create something unique for the city that we can all be proud of.”

It is anticipated that the development will create over 450 jobs and inject around £250m into the local economy over the next 30 years.

David Jennings, chief executive of York Archaeological Trust, commented: “We are very pleased to be partnering with an organisation that sees the building as an integral part of the city’s future – helping to regenerate this area, a fascinating and important place in the city at various points in history, with a building that fits into the urban landscape of Rougier Street and Tanner’s Moat.

“We hope that these changes will bring the public along to be as happy with what will be above ground as they are with the concept of the attraction below modern street level.”

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