Firm submits plans to host live music in re-developed York city centre building

A firm which is looking to operate a food hall, market and live performances in the re-developed Stonebow House in York City Centre has submitted a licencing application to open until 1.30am.

Try Market Halls York has submitted the proposal for permission to host plays, films, live music, recorded music, performances of dance, late night refreshment and supply of alcohol on the site between 7am-1am.

The application states that its opening and closing times would be 6.30am – 1.30am.

The company is also planning to open three venues in London and is looking to host a number of different eateries at the site.

Planning permission was granted last year for the complete transformation of Stonebow House to provide two levels of retail and leisure space, totalling 31,500 sq ft. Above this, the former office space is being transformed into 17 apartments.


The building is currently being developed by Wetherby-based Oakgate Group with external works expected to be finished in spring this year. Earlier this year, it was announced that a new gym concept will open in the transformed development.

It will be delivered by motive8, which designs, installs and manages health and fitness facilities.

Stonebow House was built in 1964, following York’s slum clearance programme, and designed by Wells, Hickman and Partners. It has had a chequered history in the eyes of York residents and building experts and has often featured in worst building lists in the UK because of its imposing nature.