Revealing the final masterplan ideas

Over the past nine months we’ve been talking about the Castle Gateway area and what you value and what you’d like to see, do and change. We’ve identified together both how the area should develop and thrive as well the key challenges.

Now we’re able to share the masterplanners responses to the visions and issues. My Castle Gateway has been a very different way to develop a masterplan, so we’re also taking a very different approach to sharing it. Usually the council would wait until the whole thing was finalised. Make sure every ‘i’ is dotted and ‘t’ crossed, then share the whole thing publicly when the council publish reports as part of the decision-making process of the council.

But all of us involved in the Castle Gateway project from Councillors through to our My Castle Gateway team wanted to get the masterplan responses out for you to see as soon as we could. Over the next few weeks we’ll share the masterplan’s ideas for alternative city centre parking, moving in and around the Castle area, Foss basin, and Piccadilly. As well as, of course, all those important details like when it will happen and how any of this will be paid for.

What are the ideas?
A big new open space on Castle Car Park.
Alternative city centre car parking: a multi-storey on St George’s Field

What’s next?
This isn’t the end of My Castle Gateway or your involvement. We’ve made enormous progress since we started the conversation in May 2017, taking us from the Open Brief, via the My Castle Gateway challenges, to openly discussing the masterplan ideas to these final masterplan responses.

If the Council Executive give the thumbs up in April then we’ll begin a new phase of working together to refine the briefs for the key ideas from what will make a brilliant public space in the Eye of York through to what would makes for a good multi-storey car park.

How to get (or stay) involved!

We’d really like to carry on the conversation about the ideas for Castle Gateway. Let us know your thoughts about the report in whatever way works for you. We’ve also got some events in the planning and will post them on our events page and advertise via our mailing list and social media.

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