Major developments in Castle Gateway

The Castle Gateway area, previously referred to as ‘Castle Piccadilly’ or ‘Southern Gateway’, 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.

The area has great potential in both its location and its historic and cultural assets and yet much of the area has significant dereliction and underdevelopment. 

Regeneration of Castle Gateway provides an opportunity to create a mixed use development with retail, leisure and residential uses that 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.


Following several unsuccessful efforts over the last 15 years to bring development forward, we are now taking a more pro-active stance in evaluating the huge opportunities that the site and surrounding areas offer. 

Since reporting to Executive in January 2017 we have:

  • appointed financial consultants to help us explore options to deliver regeneration in Castle Gateway, including a possible commercial partnership with the largest neighbouring landowner.
  • prepared a Castle Gateway draft Area of Opportunity policy for the Local Plan.
  • appointed masterplan consultants to help us prepare a masterplan to develop council assets, infrastructure and public spaces within Castle Gateway.
  • set up the Castle Gateway Advisory Group, comprising key landholders and custodians for this part of the city, to guide and develop a masterplan for the area.  

My Castle Gateway: shaping the future through open conversations

We are also working collaboratively with My Future York to develop a new approach to public engagement which will enable the city’s residents and business people to become part of a sustained long-term conversation where they have influence through sharing responsibility for the area and its future.

An initial series of events to explore what makes the area important and find out what people would like to do with the area  is being arranged this summer 2017 as part of the My Castle Gateway public engagement project. A new My Castle Gateway website is currently under construction. 

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.

Also see

Other major developments in York

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