Planning and building

York Central Historic Core Conservation Area Appraisal

The York Central Historic Core Conservation Area (YCHCCA) is one of the largest and most complex in England with 24 'character areas' forming the larger conservation area.

The YCHCCA was 'adopted' by the Planning Committee in November 2011 meaning that extra planning and building controls apply to help preserve, enhance and protect the settings.

YCHCCA appraisal

The 'YCHCCA Appraisal', carried out in partnership with Alan Baxter Associates and Historic England, is an in-depth study of the conservation area which defines the unique characteristics that make York so special; it:

  • identifies threats to, and opportunities for, the conservation and enhancement of this historic city
  • provides foundations for developing practical policies and proposals for the management of the conservation area

The YCHCCA Appraisal Executive Summary provides an introduction and methodology.

Each of the 24 areas within the YCHCCA has a separate 'character statement' covering:

  • an overview
  • designations
  • streets and spaces
  • buildings
  • traffic and movement
  • issues and opportunities

YCHCCA Character Statements

Download the YCHCCA overview and information on views and building heights.

The 24 YCHCCA Character Statements:

  1. Bootham Park Hospital
  2. Bootham
  3. Marygate
  4. Museum Gardens and Exhibition Square
  5. Gillygate
  6. Lord Mayor's Walk
  7. Monkgate
  8. Aldwark
  9. The Minster Precinct
  10. The Medieval Streets
  11. Central Shopping Area
  12. King's Staith and Coppergate Centre
  13. The Castle
  14. Piccadilly
  15. Fossgate and Walmgate
  16. Outer Walmgate
  17. Walmgate Bar
  18. Fishergate
  19. Queen's Staith Road and Skeldergate
  20. Bishophill
  21. Micklegate
  22. Railway Area
  23. Blossom Street and Nunnery Lane
  24. The Mount

York's Central Historic Core Conservation Area Appraisal (YCHCCA) also includes:

This appraisal does not deal specifically with archaeology, as this is covered by the complementary York Historic Environment Characterisation project.

Conservation Area Appraisals (CCAs)

View conservation areas in York which have been appraised in line with the latest guidance from Historic England.

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