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

Read the YCHCCA overview and information on views and building heights, and see each of the 24 character statements:

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

Further information

The appraisal does not deal specifically with archaeology as this is covered by the complementary York Historic Environment Characterisation project. View conservation areas in York that have been appraised in line with the latest guidance from Historic England.

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