Upcoming events and planning applications
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.
A planning application for the first 'work package' (of 4) was submitted in September 2019 for a multi-storey car park on St George's Field. A second application for a residential development at Castle Mills was submitted in November 2019. These developments are essential to deliver the centrepiece of the master plan – the public space round Eye of York and Clifford’s Tower.
You can follow the St George's Field planning applications via the Planning Portal quoting reference number 19/02063/FUL. Responses to the statutory planning consultation were invited by 6 November 2019.
You can follow the Castle Mills planning applications via the Planning Portal quoting reference number 19/02415/FUL. Responses to the statutory planning consultation were invited by 1 January 2020.
The council’s Executive approved an ambitious 'master plan' 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 St George's Field and Castle Mills 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 plans for the multi-storey car park at St George’s Field
- view the plans for the residential development in the Castle Mills area
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 master plan – 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|
Next steps for the Castle Gateway Master Plan
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 two
We know how much the Castle and Eye of York area means to people, which is why the master plan 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, and events took place this autumn to collaboratively produce a draft open public brief based on the exploration and conversations that took place through the summer. More events will test the draft brief between now and February 2020 to ensure we have an Open Brief that is robust and ready for the designers to start their response in the spring. You can still view and contribute to the draft My Castle Gateway and Eye of York Open brief online.
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.
Stay involved with the Castle Gateway Master Plan
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.