Ambitious vision for Castle Gateway moves on

The first work package of the bold and ambitious masterplan for the transformation of Castle Gateway can now proceed after receiving Executive approval tonight.

The masterplan for Castle Gateway will now move one step closer towards providing high quality public space around some of York’s most historic sites, which includes:

  • Replacing the car park around Clifford’s Tower with high quality public space.
  • Providing alternative city-centre parking at a new multi-storey at St George’s Field.
  • Creating new riverside walkways and a pedestrian cycle bridge over the Foss.
  • Transforming the Foss Basin, with new homes, water based leisure activities, and a riverside walkway from the south
  • Revitalising Piccadilly as a pedestrian-friendly street, with apartments above hubs for independent traders and small local businesses.

The masterplan has been created through the new and innovative ‘My Castle Gateway’ consultation process, which has placed public opinion at the heart of the place-shaping proposals.

Despite numerous attempts to re-develop the Castle Gateway area, detailed planning applications can now begin to be drawn up, with the possibility of construction to begin on the new car park as early as Spring 2019.

A report will be brought back to the Executive in October to seek approval of the funding for the new car park and a further consultation will be held to seek residents views on the detail of proposals.

Councillor Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

“I am very pleased that the first work package of the masterplan has received Executive approval. We can now move one step closer to delivering the ambitious vision set out by residents for the Catsle Gateway.”

“The MyCastleGateway consultation process has engaged with a large number of people and organisations across the city, and we will continue this process to finalise the use of the space around the Castle Museum and Cliffords Tower.”

“Detailed planning applications can now begin to be designed, as we are absolutely determined to see construction commence in 2019.”


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