Mount Royal

Application submitted to breathe new life into the former Mount Royale Hotel in York

We have submitted a planning application to convert the historic buildings of the Mount Royale Hotel in York back into two grand family homes, restoring them to their former glory and house names of Daresbury and Beech Villas.

The planning application seeks a change of use and restoration of historical features to the Grade II listed building and will include the complete removal of the dilapidated and poor quality modern extensions at the rear and side. Improvements will also include relocation of the vehicle access from The Mount, with the gardens will landscaped to benefit the historic setting.

Removal of the modern extensions and clutter from the rear of the properties will allow the existing planning permission for two new homes in the walled grounds, to be revised following discussions with the City of York council.

The property has been in the Oxtoby family’s ownership since 1967 when 119 The Mount was converted into a hotel, before it was expanded to include No. 117 The Mount in 1978. The closure of the hotel was announced earlier this year, with the owners citing that it was no longer viable as a hotel.   The Grand Villas were originally built in 1834 and occupied as family homes until becoming a Hotel.

Kathryn Avenue


Following on from public consultation, which received positive support from the local community – we have submitted a planning application, along with our sister company Casa by Moda for a new sustainable development of single-family rental homes at Monks Cross, York.

The proposal includes 139 new homes purposefully designed for renters which would combine best-in-class design and build with leading smart technology and outstanding customer service, bringing a new lifestyle-driven way of living to the suburbs of York. With long-term secure tenures available, the apartments will respond to the need for new homes in York for keyworkers, growing families, professionals, and downsizers.  Eleven of the new homes are purpose built fully accessibly homes on the ground floor.

Located at Kathryn Avenue in Monks Cross, next to the York Community Stadium, this brownfield site is a well-connected location with the Park & Ride in walking distance, as well as a choice of healthcare, retail, leisure, sports facilities, and supermarkets on its doorstep. The site which would be accessed via Kathryn Avenue also includes 27 car parking spaces, including four disabled spaces, and secure internal cycle storage for 140 bikes.

The regeneration in and around Monks Cross over the last few years has increased employment and demand for new homes nearby. The site presents an opportunity to redevelop the area and address the housing shortage.

St George’s Terrace

Redevelopment of the former Tramways WMC will see the site transformed into 35 apartments all with outdoor space and workspace to reflect the changing nature of city living.

A mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed homes will be created, whilst also offering lower ground cycle storage, improvements to the adjacent rest gardens to create an ‘urban pocket park’ and solar panels on the roof to contribute to the building’s energy requirements.

St George’s Terrace has been named in a nod to the heritage of the surrounding area, and the proposals have been sensitively designed to take account of the Grade II Listed St George’s Church, the site’s location in a conservation area and the character and heritage of the surrounding streetscape. The height and massing of the building is appropriate for the site and will mark a vast improvement on the existing building.


A sustainable, dynamic new garden village, with the highest standards of design, outstanding public transport and homes for all stages of life.

Langwith will be a new Garden Village of up to 4,000 new homes to the south-east of York, part-located on Elvington airfield. The proposals include shops, schools, employment and local facilities within an attractive, walkable and leafy environment. With high standards of design and construction, the character of Langwith will be sympathetic to the local landscape and neighbouring villages. Langwith will also incorporate previously developed brownfield land at the former Elvington Airfield, returning part of this to greenfield.

Fulford & Naburn

A new 61-acre Business and Employment Park in Fulford & Naburn. Proposals include new offices, an innovation centre, restaurants and Park & Ride improvements.

The business park will be situated in St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, near the 60-acre Designer Outlet. Proposals include 270,000 sq. ft of office space, an innovation centre, restaurants, a children’s nursery and a gym, whilst also improving the Park & Ride.
The proposals offer opportunities to attract major new investment to the city, increasing quality office and business space so that existing businesses can expand, or to attract new companies into York.

Sustainable benefits include transport improvements, energy efficiency and ecological diversity. New woodland and hedgerows will support the retention of existing landscape features and reinstate historic landscape patterns and a ‘green link’ to the north of the site provides new walking and cycling route.

Maltkiln Village

A new settlement of up to 4000 homes on a 300-acre site, with additional provision of employment land, schools and a local centre as well as significant local infrastructure improvements.

For many years there has been an under-supply of housing in the area and therefore significant levels of development was required. Working with Caddick Land, a new settlement was promoted through the local plan as a solution to the area’s housing need.

The site, which is located close to pre-existing transport infrastructure and is well screened from the surrounding landscape, made it a sustainable location for the high quality new settlement.

Kings Square

Perfectly situated in one of York’s busiest tourist areas this property was purchased by Oakgate as an excellent development opportunity for the Group to add to their already strong presence in York.

Oakgate undertook a comprehensive redevelopment of this 8,656 sq. ft. property to facilitate York’s latest tourist attraction ‘Chocolate’ and the Society of St Paul’s bookshop. ‘Chocolate’ opened in March 2012 providing York with a unique tourist attraction, showcasing York’s chocolate and confectionery heritage across 3 floors and over 6,000 sq. ft. The property was subsequently sold after redevelopment in 2013.