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Castle Mills development moves forward

Published Friday, 4 December 2020

City living on Piccadilly, a new cycle and pedestrian  bridge into the city and a riverside park can all move ahead after the council’s planning committee approved the development of Castle Mills.

The development was approved yesterday (Thursday 03 December).

The scheme is an important step towards delivering world class public space around Clifford’s Tower and Eye of York.

The committee approved a 106 apartment block, which will include 20 affordable homes, on the site of the old Castle Mills car park. The scheme includes 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.

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 approval of this application will allow the council to engage residents in the design of the new public space around some of the country’s most important heritage. This will also allow for continued engagement and consultation over accessibility, and the development of the Local Transport Plan.

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

Councillor Nigel Ayre, executive member for finance and performance, said:

This is fantastic news and another important milestone in a bold plan to transform such an important part of our city.

“Castle Gateway will provide exactly what York needs to continue its economic recovery. It gives the space for businesses to grow and more affordable houses, while the new public spaces, cycle paths, and walkways will bring residents and visitors into the city.

“We are committed to the principle of replacement car parking before Castle Car park has closed, and have given ourselves enough time to understand the impact of COVID and develop the Local Transport Plan.

“We’ve been able to deliver where decades of other proposals fail because we’ve placed quality public engagement at the heart of the proposals. I look forward to taking part in the next set of conversations as residents shape a world-class, family-friendly space which everyone can enjoy.”

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