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We’re asking you to help shape the high quality public spaces which will replace Castle Car Park and the wider Eye of York area.

Join the events or the online discussions to look in more detail at how we can create new spaces and new routes which connect Clifford’s Tower, the Eye of York, Tower Gardens and the Castle Museum.

The council’s Executive approved an ambitious masterplan for the Castle Gateway area in April 2018. It balances many views and interests from the public, along with the history and heritage of the area, and the technical, planning and commercial possibilities of the site.

We asked for your comments on the initial plans for Castle Gateway in March, and shared the final designs based on your feedback in June at events online and through social media. Our drop-in events featured an exhibition of the proposals, and the opportunity to talk to our team about the plans.

View the first Castle Gateway planning applications

A planning application for the first 'work package' (of four) was submitted on 24 September 2019 for a multi-storey car park on St George's Field and validated on 1 October 2019. A second application for Castle Mills is due to be submitted in October 2019. These developments are essential to deliver the centrepiece of the masterplan – the public space round Eye of York and Clifford’s Tower.

You can follow and make representations on the planning application via the Planning Portal quoting reference number 19/02063/FUL. Responses to the statutory planning consultation should be submitted before 6 November 2019.

  Work package 1 Work package 2
Public engagement March/June 2019 Summer 2019
Planning applications submitted Sept/Oct2019 Early 2020
Contractor appointed Spring 2020 Autumn 2020
Start on site Early 2021 Autumn 2021
Outcome New multi-storey car park complete Spring 2022 Castle Car Park closes, work starts on public spaces
Consented mixed-use development on Castle Mills Spring 2020  

Artist's impression of Castle Mills Apartments and BridgeArtists impression of the main entrance to St Georges FieldThe view from the base of Cliffords Tower looking towards St Georges FieldThe view from the top of Cliffords Tower looking towards St Georges Field

Next steps for the Castle Gateway Masterplan

The new multi-storey car park at St George's Field will allow Castle Car Park to close. The residential development will pay for the multi-storey car park. Each site offers new public spaces, and improved pedestrian and cycle access.

Map showing locations of work package one

Map showing locations of work package one

We know how much the Castle and Eye of York area means to people, which is why the masterplan only sets out what the space will be used for - how it should look and feel has been the topic of our public engagement over Summer 2019. Futher events are planned this autumn to collaborativly produce an open piblic brief based on the exploration and conversatins that took place through the summer.

The multi-storey car park has to come first, and that means we’ve got until it is built to put all our plans in place, so the transformation of Castle and Eye of York is as swift as possible. We'll also use temporarily closures of Castle car park (to host events such as the Shakespeare’s Rose theatre) to see what works and what lessons we can learn for the future.

Map showing locations included in work package two

Map showing locations included in work package two

Stay involved with the Castle Gateway Masterplan

Sign up to the My Castle Gateway mailing list or follow us on social media to get updates on key dates related to the Castle Gateway planning applications.

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