Vision revealed for 250,000 sq ft mixed use city regeneration

Plans have been unveiled for a regeneration project in York, which aims to create new jobs, promote more investment in tourism and boost retail footfall.

The proposals have been revealed today by property investor and developer, Helmsley Group. Coney Street Riverside is the latest scheme from the York-based company, which has been developing across the city for over 40 years.

Plans will be on display for feedback from the public from 12 September at 29-31 Coney Street.

Comprising units 1-7, 19-33 and 39-43 Coney Street, the development looks open up and reconnect this area of the city with the River Ouse.

Proposals include 250,000 sq ft of mixed-use retail, leisure, commercial, and residential space, a riverside walkway and the establishment of significant green and accessible public realm, both on the waterfront and also through the creation of access routes between Coney Street and the riverfront.

As well as repurposing previously underused vacant upper floors for residential and commercial use, the scheme will deliver new build elements providing additional student accommodation.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said: “Our Coney Street Riverside plans are the culmination of a strategic programme of site assembly over the last three years.

“We’re now ready to share our vision to sustainably redevelop this historic thoroughfare into the social heart of York, creating new public realm for the city while ensuring the history and heritage of the area is not just recognised, but honoured and protected.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sensitively preserve Coney Street’s story, while blending new architecture seamlessly with the area’s unique historical and cultural heritage for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.

“Our vision is to create an accessible, welcoming and vibrant city centre destination for visitors and the local community to enjoy and for Coney Street Riverside to act as a positive catalyst for city-wide inward investment.”

The public engagement exhibition will take place from 12 September to 3 October at 29-31 Coney Street, home of the Street Life project run by the University of York, which seeks to bring the history of Coney Street back to life through a series of public engagement events.

Feedback from the exhibition will be used to further shape Helmsley’s vision, with a planning application expected to be submitted to City of York Council in the autumn.