First Look at Castle Gateway Masterplan

Residents have had their first look at how the Castle Gateway area of the city might be developed following an innovative multi-forum consultation which has taken over the past nine months.

Surveys, guided walks, roadshows and other forums to have been coordinated to give residents input into how they would like to see this large and important area of York’s city centre to change, develop and be protected. And rather than wait until the entire masterplan has been completed, in the spirit of the open consultation process the council has released early drawings of what the future might look like at one of Castle Gateway’s key areas:  the car park and the Eye of York.

The first sketch shows an opened-up view of the Foss, a new restaurant and apartment service entrance to the Coppergate Centre and proposes a potential new extension to the Castle Museum.

Over the next few weeks the council plans on sharing further ideas for alternative city centre parking, moving in and around the Castle area, Foss basin and Piccadilly, along with the expected time line for any changes and how they might be financed.

Council Leader Ian Gillies said: We’re pleased to show the first sketches of the masterplan for the Castle Gateway area to reinvigorate this area of the city.  We’ve engaged extensively with our residents and would like to thank everyone for their support and feedback.

“These designs offer an idea of what a new, big open space for the city centre, surrounding some of our most historic and cultural sites might look like.  We’ll continue to engage residents to ask them to help shape the area and make it a place that people love and value.”

For more information on the consultation process and all of the input from residents go to www.mycastlegateway.org .