An imposing building on York’s royal street is to be transformed from offices into a family home.
Number 92 Micklegate, currently home to the York Conservation Trust, would become a large residential property under the proposals put forward by Peter Docwra, MD of Ashtons Estate Agents.
A new-build, featuring three more bedrooms and a home office, would be built to the rear, after external walls were demolished.
The Grade II* listed property was built by the team of John Carr, York’s famous architect, in about 1789.
It was home to the well-known botanist James Backhouse, whose York nursery was known as the ‘Kew of the North’.
Together with his brother and their families, they moved there in 1815.
Over the years the building has been offices for an insurance company, insolvency practitioners, accountants and since 2012 has been the home of The Conservation Trust with the trust now sharing the building with the Council for British Archaeology,” planning documents state.
“The relocation of The Conservation Trust and The Council for British Archaeology headquarters provides a unique opportunity to return the property from offices back into a single family dwelling.”
Development at the house, with three storeys and a basement, “are focused on re-instatement of historic details providing heritage benefit”.
Under the plans, they would remove the rear car park on Toft Green and “re-instate high quality gardens providing garden to rear of extension and courtyard garden close to main house”.
And they would convert the offices into a four-bedroom house, complete with study, living room, kitchen and dining room.
There are also plans for a new building with a home office, living room and dining room and three bedrooms, at the rear of number 92.
It would sit next to the old Fibbers building, set to be demolished and replaced with a new live music venue.
A new back wall on Toft Green would incorporate a snowdrop design, to echo the links to James Backhouse.
You can read and comment on the plans here.