By analysing all previous public engagement feedback and completing a comprehensive pre-application process with City of York Council and Historic England we have been able to design a proposal which aims to ensure a sustainable future for Bootham Park and its’ grounds.

Our vision

In brief, our proposed scheme will:


  • Make the Parkland available for residents and the people of York by improving, enhancing, and ensuring the on-going maintenance of the existing green space
  • Improve, and ensure the future of, the pedestrian and cycle route through the site, and a reserved area for emergency helicopter landing
  • Create a new vibrant Community that will include much needed housing for older people as well as a wealth of on-site amenities; some of which will be open to the public such as a new café/bistro
  • Enhance and celebrate the history of the buildings and features on site
  • Secure a sustainable future for Bootham Park

Proposed Masterplan

The Open Space


  • A new 680m exercise route around the perimeter of the historic parkland.
  • Improved and formalised pedestrian and cyclist route through the site completing the Scarborough Bridge to York Hospital link.
  • Term-time sports pitches.
  • Sensory planting and edible gardens.
  • Flexible break out spaces, seating, and spaces for contemplation.
  • 2.7 acres of land for picnic and informal sports.
  • Natural play equipment.
  • Biodiversity enhancement.
  • We wish to promote the wider use of the parkland for seasonal events such as an annual charity fair, festive markets and craft fairs, as well as seasonal outdoor entertainment such as open-air cinemas and theatre.
  • ERL is working closely with the City Council and Bootham School to secure long-term use, maintenance, and care of the significant greenspaces at the front of Bootham Park Hospital. Suitable legal arrangements and safeguards will ensure access for the people of York, including use of the proposed sports pitches for primary school children and local sports clubs.

The Proposal

  • The Retirement Community will include the conversion and re-use of the heritage assets, principally to host the communal facilities, alongside approximately 170 homes - subject to final design.
  • The Gate Lodge renovated back into a single dwelling with private gardens.
  • Newly built accommodation will be developed in specific areas of the site in accordance with previous consultations:
  • Two new wings containing apartments will be situated close to the host facilities in the north west corner of the site. These new buildings will also include a new commercial kitchen and further essential back of house amenities.
  • A wing constructed in the vicinity of the Chapel.
  • A building comprising new apartments will replace the existing estate cottages.
  • Each apartment will be designed to a high specification and feature a spacious open-plan kitchen/lounge/dining area and generous bedrooms. The majority of the apartments will also benefit from private outdoor space in the form of ground floor patios, balconies, or garden terraces.
  • Sympathetic conversion and re-use of the heritage assets to include:
  • A restaurant and bar situated within the Palm Court, a new café/bistro, library, a games room situated in the Bowling Alley, hobbies room, lounges, and a small cinema.
  • A Wellness centre including a gym, exercise studios for Yoga and other classes, treatment and consultation rooms, and a hair and beauty salon.
  • Outdoor seating areas set within beautifully landscaped courtyard gardens and terraces.
  • Residents’ fruit and vegetable garden.
  • New bicycle and buggy stores for staff and residents with charging points.
  • The Parkland and Bistro will be accessible to the public. A number of other facilities within the scheme will be made available to the public on a pre-arranged basis. These areas will include the Palm Court, Bowling Alley, and access to view the Subscription Boards.



For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Ben Pilgrim at Royal Pilgrim Communications who is managing our consultation process.

01904 599 123

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