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 its location, historic and cultural assets, yet has significant dereliction and underdevelopment. Regeneration will provide an opportunity to develop retail, leisure and residential facilities, which complement and build on the vitality of the city centre, improving the historic setting of Clifford’s Tower and the quality of public space and accessibility throughout the area.

A high level vision for the area was approved by the council’s Executive in January 2017. Since then work has progressed to explore and develop that vision, with the aim to produce a preferred masterplan for the area in spring 2018. This will set out the proposals for new development throughout the Castle Gateway. You can:


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 to act as commercial advisors
  • brought together local business representatives, local interest and community groups together on the Castle Gateway Advisory Group to help us understand the area’s history and shape it’s future
  • teamed up with local public engagement experts My Future York to launch My Castle Gateway, a bold new approach to start the conversations which have provided the ideas of how the area could be used
  • published a brief based on these ideas through My Castle Gateway, and a BDP report has set out the history, context and opportunities for the Castle Gateway - this report has provided the framework on which the ideas for the regeneration area are based
  • explored emerging masterplan ideas with the public using social media, online feedback and a series of events

What is happening now

The next stage of the My Castle Gateway project is to use 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.

Background information

  • A planning brief was produced in 2006 which sets out the main design and planning principles that the redevelopment of Castle Piccadilly should be based on at that time.
  • A conservation area appraisal was 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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