The Council’s Executive has today voted to press ahead with the transformation of Caste Gateway, committing to the key public benefits of the masterplan, which outline the development of a new world-class public space around Clifford’s Tower and Eye of York.
The decision to continue with the ambitious scheme, after a thorough review of the project plans in the light of Covid-19 impact, will mean bringing forward the design of the public space around Clifford’s Tower, in order to give York the best chance of securing external funding and investment.
The decision made by the Executive will also see the Council press ahead with finding a construction partner to deliver the apartments at Castle Mills, which will help to pay for the regeneration, including a new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Foss; the riverside park at the rear of the Castle Museum; and the pedestrian/cycle crossing over the inner-ring road.
A delay in procuring a construction partner for the St George’s Field multi-storey was also approved, but a clear commitment was given to businesses on providing a replacement parking site before Castle Car Park closes. The delay of this part of the project will allow the Council to continue engagement and consultation over the progression of the project when more is understood about the impact of Covid-19 on the city.
Councillor Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Finance and Performance, commented:
“I am pleased that we have taken the decision to press ahead with the delivery the Castle Gateway scheme to regenerate this crucial part of the city, which will deliver new public spaces, including around Clifford’s Tower, new cycle and walkways, more affordable homes, car parking facilities and space for businesses to grow.
“In light of the impact of COVID-19, the council has reviewed every aspect of the project plan and business case for the regeneration of Castle Gateway. Given the challenges presented by the pandemic, it is important that we continue to review all our major projects.
“It is essential for York’s recovery that we continue to work on delivering key regeneration projects such as Castle Gateway and York Central. These projects are central to our ambitions for inclusive growth, new public spaces and better housing, which are now more important than ever.”