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York city walls

As part of our planning role, the CBA has responded to an application which involves York's historic city walls.

Photograph of city walls looking down into remains from rampart

The application is for the conversion of a terrace of Grade II* listed, nineteenth-century town houses in the centre of the city. To the rear of the site, there is a former coach house which shares its back wall with York city walls, which are protected as a scheduled monument.

Rear of coach house attached to York city wall

The back wall of the coach house and the city walls are inextricable, with the coach house built using the wall. The CBA sees a huge opportunity to improve the interpretation of York’s historic city walls, adding to the circuit at the point which is currently the least known and least interpreted: many York residents do not realise this open expanse of wall exists!

While the CBA supports the principle of converting the Grade II* listed townhouses back to a residential use, we have called for a reconsideration of the coach house at the back of the site. There are much greater benefits to be gained for the city of York than just a coach house conversion: the site could become an entrance point for the city's wall circuit, and allow access to the currently blocked area. If the opportunity is missed now, it will not return again soon. 

1-9 St Leonard's Place, a Grade II* listed building
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