These pictures show the first phase of the Castle Gateway masterplan, with planning applications due to be submitted in late spring of this year.

The proposed developments are the first stage to create the centrepiece of the vision – a new public space around Clifford’s Tower and the Eye of York.


The four-storey car park at St George’s Field is included to replace the parking places which would be lost on the current Castle Car Park.

It would be funded through the new residential apartment developments on the site of the now demolished Castle Mills Car Park.

As part of the plans a new public bridge spanning the River Foss would connect Piccadilly and the rear of the Castle Museum, opening up planned cycle and pedestrian route along the river into town.

See the plans

The proposed Castle Mills apartments and new pedestrian cycle bridge
York residents are invited along to two drop-in events featuring an exhibition of the proposals and the opportunity to talk to the team about the plans. There is also the chance to take guided walks of the area to explore the developments on location.

Leader of City of York Council, Cllr Ian Gillies, said:

  • These plans are the culmination of many conversations with residents and heritage groups that will breathe new life into this under-loved area of the city.

    These proposed developments are the first building blocks to get what the city really wants and needs – better transport links and fantastic public spaces where generations of York residents will love spending time.

The public events

St George’s Field Car Park, Castle Mills Apartments and the new bridge

Sat Mar 16 @ 11.00 am - 2.00 pm
Spark:York
17-21 Piccadilly
York, YO1 9PB
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St George’s Field Car Park, Castle Mills Apartments and the new bridge

Wed Mar 20 @ 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Spark:York
17-21 Piccadilly
York, YO1 9PB
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The car park as seen from the inner ring road
Deputy leader Cllr Keith Aspden, added:

  • We are determined to transform Piccadilly into a vibrant community where people want to live, work and relax, whilst simoultaneously creating new public and green space in the area.

    The Foss bridge, pedestrian and cycle pathways will also change the way we move around the city.