Major developments in Castle Gateway

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.

Aerial view of the Castle Gateway area

Aerial view of the Castle Gateway area


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.

The council's Executive approved a 'high level' vision for the area in January 2017. Since then, work has progressed to explore and develop that vision, with the aim of producing a preferred 'masterplan' for the area in spring 2018. We will set out our proposals for new development throughout the Castle Gateway area via our 'masterplan'.

We invite you to:

Castle Gateway timeline

Since reporting to Executive in January 2017 we have:

  • prepared a Castle Gateway draft Area of Opportunity policy for the Local Plan
  • appointed BDP to act as masterplanning consultants and Deloitte as commercial advisors
  • brought together local business representatives, local interest and community groups on the Castle Gateway Advisory Group to help us understand the area’s history and how to shape its future
  • teamed up with local public engagement experts My Future York to launch My Castle Gateway and published a brief based on the ideas fed back
  • provided the framework on which the ideas for the Castle Gateway regeneration area are based
  • explored emerging 'masterplan' ideas via social media, online feedback and a series of public events

Castle Gateway next steps

We are planning on using the feedback on Castle Gateway ideas to produce a summary of your views.

This will help to shape a 'preferred masterplan' which will be taken to the council’s Executive for approval in April 2018.

Castle Gateway background

  • in 2006, a planning brief was produced which set out the main design and planning principles for the redevelopment of Castle Piccadilly
  • a conservation area appraisal was also produced in 2006 as the basis for understanding the special architectural and historical qualities of the proposed Castle Piccadilly development area and its immediate surroundings
  • the 2010 Central Historic Core Conservation Area Appraisal has a series of character statements which are relevant to this project

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