Council to continue work to help shape the future of Bootham Park

Following a meeting of the Council Executive tonight (21st January 2020), the Council will continue to utilise its influence to secure benefits for residents and communities on the Booth Park Hospital site.


Thanks to a rigorous engagement process led by the Council, NHS Property Services have appointed retirement living provider Enterprise Retirement Living (ERL) as the preferred purchaser of Bootham Park. ERL have proposed to provide an independent living retirement community on the site, which would secure public access to parts of the 1777 John Carr designed grade 1 hospital building, including the boardroom, the gym and bowling alley.

With the air ambulance landing site and NHS use of the Chapel set to continue, ERL and NHS Property Services have agreed to ‘positively engage’ with the Council over other requests identified during the recent public consultations.

The Council has been working closely with health partners to influence future development on the site and with Executive agreement, talks with the site’s current and future owners will continue about public access, cycle paths, and other priorities of York residents.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Finance and Performance, commented:

“This is very encouraging news, and welcome reward for our approach to shaping the future development at Bootham Park. Our ambition has always been to make sure these historic buildings and grounds continue to serve our city, and we will continue to communicate the priorities of our residents with the new owners.”

“This is a very recent development but the nature of the proposals, and the willingness to talk, are positive starting points and vindicates our decision to plan for the future of this important site and press for benefits for the city.”

“Despite not owning the site, we’ve worked together with local health partners to engage residents, lobby Government and talk to developers to influence its future development. I would like to thank all our partners for the hard work to date, and reassure York residents that we’ll work positively to get the best possible deal for York.”

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