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Castle Gateway Masterplan - Latest News

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.

In 2021 we have run events and blogs, and held online discussions asking you to help shape the high quality public spaces which will replace Castle Car Park and the wider Eye of York area. We'll be submitting a planning application for this scheme in autumn 2021.

Work package one

Map showing locations of work package one

Map showing locations of work package one

The first work package includes a proposed Multi-storey car park and improved coach park at St George’s Field a development scheme at Castle Mills of apartments including affordable homes, a new public square and a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Foss to connect Piccadilly and the wider cycle and walking routes to and across the city centre.

These developments are essential to deliver the centrepiece of the master plan – the public space round Eye of York and Clifford’s Tower.

We asked for your comments on the initial plans for St George's Field and Castle Mills in March 2020, and shared the final designs based on your feedback in June 2020 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.

St George's Field

A planning application was submitted in September 2019 for a multi-storey car park on St George's Field. You can view the St George's Field planning application via the Planning Portal quoting reference number 19/02063/FUL.

On 19 November 2020, Planning Committee asked for more information regarding St George’s Field multi-storey car park and deferred the decision. This information was provided, and the planning application was approved on 7 January 2021.

The webcasts of the Planning Committee meetings from Thursday 19 November 2020 and Thursday 7 January 2021 can be viewed online.

In November 2021 the council’s Executive will consider a report feeding back on the strategic review of city centre access and parking that has taken place this summer, and alongside that they will also decide whether to approve proceeding with the procurement of a contractor for St George’s Field, to enable the detailed design and a tender price for construction of the multi-storey car park.

The council’s Executive will then make a decision on whether to proceed with construction based on this tender cost in due course.

Castle Mills

A planning application for a residential development at Castle Mills was submitted in November 2019, and approved on 3 December 2020. You can view the Castle Mills planning application via the Planning Portal quoting reference number 19/02415/FUL.

The approval of the Castle Mills scheme is an important step towards delivering world class public space around Clifford’s Tower and Eye of York. As well as continuing Piccadilly’s transformation into a vibrant city-living neighbourhood, the sale of these apartments will help to pay for the majority of the public benefits and infrastructure of the wider Castle Gateway masterplan.

The council has committed to providing replacement parking before Castle Car Park can close.

The webcasts of the Planning Committee meetings from Thursday 19 November 2020 and Thursday 3 January 2021 can be viewed online.

In May 2021 the council selected Wates as the contractor to carry out the detailed design and to provide a tender price for construction.

The council’s Executive will make a decision on whether to proceed with construction based on this tender cost in the new year (2022).

Work package two

Map showing locations of work package two

Map showing locations of work package two

The second work package proposes creating new world class public space around some of the country’s most important heritage in the Castle and Eye of York area. The space will replace the Castle car park and will include infrastructure to allow temporary events to be held. It will also consider new cultural facilities for the Castle Museum, the permanent pedestrianisation of Castlegate (currently a temporary footstreet under COVID-19 permissions), and redevelopment opportunities for 17 to 21 Piccadilly.

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 was the topic of our public engagement throughout 2019 when an Open Brief was collaboratively produced through events, exploration, conversations and testing. The final Open Brief was published in May 2020 and has been used by the designers, alongside work with stakeholders, to produce a design response for the Castle and Eye of York area

Next steps for the Castle Gateway Master Plan

We've been sharing evolving designs to replace the Castle Car Park with a new public space and events area in the Castle and Eye of York via events and blogs throughout 2021.

We'll be submitting a planning application this autumn 2021, and will be sharing more details about what the final design includes via social media and events as soon as the application is submitted.

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.

Partners update: Clifford's Tower work underway

In June 2020, we granted planning permission to enable English Heritage to undertake conservation and improvements to visitor infrastructure at Clifford’s Tower. Scheduled Monument Consent was granted in September 2020, and work commenced November 2020. The tower is likely to remain closed to visitors until the project is completed in autumn 2021. Regular project updates will be given via the Clifford's Tower facebook page

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