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.

The Application

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.
  • Completion of the Scarborough Bridge to York Hospital pedestrian and cyclist link.
  • Provision of term-time football pitches to be used by Bootham School and other local schools and clubs.
  • Sensory planting and edible gardens.
  • Flexible break out spaces, seating, and spaces for contemplation.
  • 2.7 acres of land for picnic and informal sports.
  • Two areas of children’s natural play equipment.
  • Biodiversity enhancement measures including new tree planting.
  • We wish to promote the wider use of the parkland for seasonal events such as an annual charity fair, festive markets and craft fairs.
  • ERL has worked closely with NHS Property Services, 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. The Parkland upgrade works will form part of the NHS Property Services Healthy Places programme which aim to provide benefits to public, patients, and members of staff. Further information can be found here
  • The adjacent Bootham School will be responsible for its maintenance and will invest in providing and promoting the use of new informal sports pitches to other local schools and community groups.

The Proposal

  • The Retirement Community will include the conversion and re-use of the heritage assets, principally to host the communal facilities, alongside 170 homes.
  • The Gate Lodge renovated back into a single dwelling with private gardens.
  • Newly built accommodation 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.
  • 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, a library, a multi-purpose games room situated in the Bowling Alley, hobbies room, lounges, a fixed seat cinema and a guest suite.
  • New bicycle and buggy stores for staff and residents with charging points as well as electronic vehicle charging stations.
  • 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.

New entrance feature and publicly accessible Café/Bistro

Principle elevation of the John Carr building and new build accommodation overlooking the Parkland

New build accommodation behind the existing Chapel

New build accommodation along the boulevard road facing west onto the Parkland



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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