York submits Castle Gateway regeneration plans

City of York Council has submitted plans for a former car park site that would see 106 new apartments, including new council housing, commercial spaces for local independent traders, a new public park and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge built.

The council has called the plans a ‘major milestone’ in the delivery of the regeneration of the Castle Gateway, which sits largely within the city walls on the site of the former York Castle.

Two residential apartment blocks would be built with the southern block 20 new council homes. The northern block will include 86 flats ranging in size from 1 bed apartments to 2 bed duplexes. The ground floor of both apartment blocks will feature commercial spaces.

The council says the homes will benefit from renewable energy sources and will have a high level of cycle parking.

The pedestrian and cycle bridge over the river Foss will connect wider cycle routes to create safer and sustainable journeys in to and through the city centre.

The bridge will also link across to the area at the rear of the Castle Museum. This space, which is currently part of the museum grounds, will be opened to the public as a new riverside park, creating a place to relax in the shadow of the Castle Walls.

The proposals have been shaped and developed with stakeholders, partners and residents through the My Castle Gateway public engagement project. The design will create new landmark riverside buildings whilst generating the financial return to help pay for the regeneration proposals for the Castle Gateway.

Further information can be found on the My Castle Gateway project at

Photo Credit — City of York Council


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