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Planning and building

Central Historic Core Conservation Area Appraisal

With 24 character areas York's 'central historic core' conservation area (YCHCCA) is one of the largest and most complex in England; it was 'adopted' by the Planning Committee in November 2011 meaning that extra planning and building controls apply to help preserve, enhance and protect the area.

Visit our Historic Environment Record (HER) to see the York Central Historic Core Conservation Area Appraisal (created in partnership with Alan Baxter Associates and Historic England) which:

  • defines the unique characteristics that make York so special
  • identifies threats to, and opportunities for, the conservation and enhancement of York
  • provides foundations for developing practical policies and proposals for managing the conservation area

Within the HER a 'character statement' is available, with details of designations, streets and spaces, buildings, traffic and movement, and the issues and opportunities presented in:

  • Bootham Park Hospital
  • Bootham
  • Marygate
  • Museum Gardens and Exhibition Square
  • Gillygate
  • Lord Mayor's Walk
  • Monkgate
  • Aldwark
  • The Minster Precinct
  • The Medieval Streets
  • Central Shopping Area
  • King's Staith and Coppergate Centre
  • The Castle
  • Piccadilly
  • Fossgate and Walmgate
  • Outer Walmgate
  • Walmgate Bar
  • Fishergate
  • Queen's Staith Road and Skeldergate
  • Bishophill
  • Micklegate
  • Railway Area
  • Blossom Street and Nunnery Lane
  • The Mount

The YCHCCA appraisal doesn't deal specifically with archaeology, as this is covered by the complementary York Historic Environment Characterisation project.

Also see


City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA