Historic buildings to be returned to former glory

PLANS to transform one of the most recognisable buildings in Yorkshire into one of its finest residential addresses have been approved as part of a major restoration project.

Council chiefs in York have backed plans to restore the Grade II*-listed St Leonard’s Place, as well as the adjoining car park and listed properties on Museum Street, into five townhouses and 29 grand apartments. A mix of six conversion and new-build mews properties will be built at the rear of the main crescent building.

Work on the restoration is due to start around Easter.

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Until recently, St Leonard’s Place was home to the city council but it was originally built in the 1830s as elegant houses. The crescent introduced York to a style of home that was only found in parts of London at the time.

Mark Finch, of property group Rushbond, which will carry out the restoration, said it would bring the “truly magnificent buildings” back to life.

He said it would create a prestigious address on a par with the Royal Crescent in Bath and Grosvenor Square in London’s Belgravia, with an appeal to national and international buyers.