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Planning and building

Major developments in Castle Gateway

Latest news on Castle Gateway

A planning application for a proposed new public space in the ‘Castle and Eye of York’ area including the space currently used as Castle Car Park has been submitted.

We held two events to share more about the application in February 2022, an online event and a walkabout.

A funding bid for the Castle and Eye of York area will be submitted as part of Round Two of the government’s Levelling Up Funding, with successful bids due to be announced in autumn 2022.

A contractor will be procured to complete the detailed design of the apartments and new riverside park at Castle Mills, with work due to commence in autumn 2023.

A decision on the replacement car parking strategy that will allow Castle Car Park to close is due in summer 2023. 

We’re working on ambitious plans to regenerate the Castle Gateway area of the city, transforming it into a world class public space.

An aerial view of the Castle Gateway area.

Aerial view of the Castle Gateway area

The Castle Gateway area sits largely within the city walls on the site of the former York Castle where the River Ouse and River Foss meet. The area covers the length of Piccadilly, the Coppergate Shopping Centre, Clifford's Tower and the Eye of Yorkshire, and runs through to St George's Field and the Foss Basin.

The area has great potential in terms of its location, historic and cultural assets, yet also has areas of significant dereliction and underdevelopment. Regeneration will provide an opportunity to develop retail, leisure and residential facilities, which will complement and build on the vitality of the city centre. This will improve the historic setting of Clifford's Tower and the quality of public space and accessibility throughout the area.

Find out more about the various initiatives underway to improve the area:


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