Today, at a planning meeting hosted by City of York Council’s planning committee, the development of York City Football Club’s Bootham Crescent site was approved.
The joint application, from Persimmon Homes and York City Football Club, outlined a 93 property scheme on the 4.25 acre in York city centre. Details about the scheme and conditions of approval will be available on the City of York Council website.
YCFC board member Ian McAndrew, who has worked on the project since its inception, said: “It is good news for the club that the planning application has been approved. After being a baseball pitch, cricket ground and a football ground, Bootham Crescent will now start another new chapter as a prime location for city centre homes.
It is time for the club to move to a new stadium which is better equipped to allow the club to grow, with excellent facilities for fans, staff and the team. The club will continue to work closely with Persimmon Homes and Historic England to ensure that the history of Bootham Crescent as a football ground is represented at the new housing site.”
Scott Waters, deputy managing director for Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of today’s planning committee.
We respect and understand the importance of designing a development that is in keeping with Bootham Crescent’s history and believe our approved planning application reflects this.The development will feature a selection of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes.
With planning now approved we will continue to work closely with York City Football Club to establish a feasible progression for the next stage of the much-loved ground’s development.”
Particular care and attention will be given to retrieving and relocating ashes and caskets which are currently located within the ground and families are welcome to contact the club if they would like more information.
Although much beloved, Bootham Crescent cannot be the long term home of York City Football Club. In 2004, Chairman Jason McGill successfully negotiated to buy back Bootham Crescent, after it was sold by previous Chairman Douglas Craig, with a condition that the club would move to a new stadium within an agreed time frame.