Published Wednesday, 10th October 2018

The council and health partners have joined forces to guide development on the Bootham Park site – and they want your views to help shape its future.

The exercise is exploring the use of the wider 24 acre site, containing the Grade 1 and 2 Listed buildings and hospital field, the vacant  former nurses accommodation site and the coach and car park.

Considering  these areas together allows wider development options to be explored, which in turn could potentially bring larger benefits to the city.

Three key factors will shape the future development on the site: the heritage status of many of the buildings and surrounding land; traffic and transport limitations in the area, and finance, as any suggested uses must be viable. While jointly delivering services may bring investment, it is unlikely that any high quality public services could be paid for without some private development on the site.

The engagement exercise  will focus on potential opportunities for the wider site to provide:

  • health functions, including intermediate care accommodation, longer-term social care, and medical education facilities.
  • other high quality public services.
  • active leisure and public health opportunities.
  • better transport connections into and through the site
  • viable commercial uses, which will mean that the Heritage status properties can be re-used and maintained in the future
  • meet some of the city’s housing needs, including key worker accommodation

Any redevelopment will also have to be open to commercial uses, such as offices, enterprise space or a hotel to attract more investment into the site.

Leader of City of York Council, Cllr Ian Gillies, said: “This is a huge opportunity to consider an appropriate future for the Bootham Park estate, and hopefully continue its service to our city.  We want to explore all options and look to the future with the role the site could play in the lives of York’s residents.

Executive member for adult social care and health, Cllr Carol Runciman, said: “Bootham Park has a longstanding history serving the community, and working with our partners brings a significant opportunity to consider  its future in the context of the wider area. We want to hear your views on what the next chapter for this area holds and how it can continue to play a significant role in York’s future.”

The council and NHS partners have joined together under the government’s One Public Estate programme, which supports public bodies to work together to release land and property and to boost economic growth, supply housing and regeneration and integrated public services.

NHS Property Services, own the former hospital and are fully engaged in this process. The NHS has an obligation to make sure that assets like former hospital sites are either re-used or, when there is no longer an NHS funded healthcare use for the site, sold to make sure that released running costs are spent locally on services instead of property costs. Capital receipts are returned to the Department for Health and Social Care for re-investment in the NHS.

The council and local NHS partners have asked Ministers at the Department for Health and Social Care for the sale of the former hospital  to be put on hold while they  explore how best to guide re-development of the publically-owned assets on the wider site. There is a very short window to undertake this engagement. This engagement process will continue, even if ministers advise NHS Property Services to continue to with the disposal.

The project will ensure that the significant heritage assets on the site are identified and understood by any potential future developer.

It will  explore how these three sites interact with the wider area at the heart of York. The council is committed to providing coach and car parking on the site, but is willing to consider remodelling this to support future uses of the wider site.

People can give their feedback in several ways, by filling out an online consultation, at a drop-in exhibition or on a guided walking workshops around the site (please note that this will not include the inside of the buildings). We need to collate all responses by 9am on Thursday 1 November. We will then collate the responses and share them alongside a ‘brief’ for the area in November.


These exhibition boards will be on display at:

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

The foyer of York District Hospital, Wigginton Road, YO31 8HE

Grab a post-it note and add your views to these boards – just place the responses next to the questions, on the maps or on the space on this board. We’ll check it regularly so your comments don’t get lost.

Meet the team

You can talk through the proposals with a member of the team at:

Monday 15 October 1pm to 4pm, York Explore, Library Square, York YO1 7DS

Saturday 20 October, 12:30pm to 4:30pm, York City Church, Citadel YO31 7EA

Monday 22 October 6:30pm-8:30pm, Guildhall Ward event focusing on regeneration proposals in the ward, York Explore, Library Square, York YO1 7DS

Wednesday 24 October, 3pm-7pm, York City Church, Citadel YO31 7EA


You can also give us your views and find out more about the proposals online here

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