Plans for a major regeneration of Coney Street have been submitted to City of York Council.
The Coney Street Riverside project by York property specialist Helmsley Group includes the creation of 250,000 sq ft of mixed-use development.
It includes retail, leisure, commercial, residential and student use, as well as public spaces.
Helmsley Group say their plans would support “a boutique, independent retail experience, alongside the creation and rejuvenation of the historic lanes and passageways joining Coney Street and the River Ouse together, helping to make the riverfront accessible to all”.
Key parts of the plan include:
- redeveloping Coney Street as the ‘social heart of York city centre’ home to independent retailers, cafés and restaurants
- bringing the riverfront to life, making it accessible to all
- new green spaces and seating areas, including a rooftop garden.
Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said: “Since 2019, we have been engaged in a period of careful and strategic site assembly across Coney Street, and have worked with key stakeholders and investors, and most recently with the general public, to develop this vision.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sensitively regenerate an under-appreciated area of York city centre, creating a vibrant community with heritage at its heart.
“The response to our plans from the York public and stakeholders has been overwhelmingly positive, as evidenced through our engagement exhibition and website feedback, and we look forward to hopefully securing the future of Coney Street not just now, but for generations to come.”
Neil Brown of Vincent & Brown, the architects behind the scheme, added: “The River Ouse and neighbouring Coney Street have played a fundamental role in York’s history since Roman times, and our vision for Coney Street Riverside has looked to this rich past as a means of informing its vibrant future.
“Through the introduction of new architecture, which complements the area’s unique heritage, we hope that Coney Street Riverside will act as a positive catalyst for city-wide inward investment, and further bolster York’s reputation as a fantastic place to live, work and visit.”
You can read more about the project here.