Bold new approach to public engagement for the Castle Gateway project

Published Tuesday, 4th July 2017

A consultation to shape a masterplan and vision for the Castle Gateway area of York launches today (5 July 2017).

In response to resident feedback on previous public consultations, City of York Council has teamed up with a local group called My Future York to develop a new form of public engagement.

The ‘My Castle Gateway’ consultation will be supported with events, talks and walks and residents will be able to contribute to the debate via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Residents can sign up now for the first in a series of guided walks around the area on July 22.

The open conversation will promote new ideas and explore the current high-level vision which proposes a major development of that area that includes Piccadilly, the Coppergate Shopping Centre, The Eye of York, St George's Field and the Foss Basin. Initial ideas include the closure of Castle Car Park to create new public spaces, buildings, riverside walkways and a pedestrian/cycle bridge.

Councillor David Carr,  Leader of City of York Council, said:

“The Castle Gateway project will see a major regeneration of this part of the city centre.

“It will build on the vitality of the area, improving the historic setting of Clifford’s Tower and the quality of public space throughout.

“Listening to residents is a priority for the council, so we’re really excited to take a new and innovative approach to consultation and engagement.

“There will be many ways for residents to shape such an important project for the future of our city, and I encourage them to get involved.”

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, said:

“The area contains a substantial amount of public estate including three museums, three court buildings, many listed structures and a historic monument of international significance.

“As a principal land holder, City of York Council has a major role to play to stimulate and guide the development.

“A large part of that role is to involve local residents and groups to help create a gateway to the city which works for all.”

In collaboration with the council, My Future York through Helen Graham (University of Leeds) and Phil Bixby (local architect specialising in public engagement) are offering their time to deliver the ‘My Castle Gateway’ project. 

My Future York have developed a ‘three step approach’ to public engagement, which aims to develop a preferred masterplan option for the Castle Gateway by the end of the year. 

  • Step 1: Creative community-led events to establish what is important about the area.
  • Step 2: Community-led ‘action inquiries’ to resolve any disagreements or uncertainty about the area’s use.
  • Step 3: Community action throughout the decision-making, delivery and handover phases of the project.

Residents can sign up now for the ‘Opening Up Castle Gateway’ walks on 22 July via They can also join the conversation on:

twitter @MyCastlGateway

instagram @mycastlegateway

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