This is what a converted castle parking lot could look like in York
Council designers shared draft ideas for transforming the area next to Clifford’s Tower.
Proposals include a playground, event space and a potential extension of the York Castle Museum.
But surveys and workshops continue to take place on the plans. York City Council has started to estimate design costs.
A council spokesperson said the authority had “committed to providing parking to replace the closure of the castle parking lot.” But council plans for a multi-story replacement parking lot at St George’s Field have been on hold while a downtown parking review is underway.
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Ideas for the area include a riverside walk, fountains or other water features, and a clear route to the Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower.
A quiet space could be created near the former site of the Last Drop, where convicts were hanged. In the future, the museum could expand into this area.
There are also plans for a controlled access road outside the courtyard, to the Tower Street Hilton, and for the Coppergate Center. Blue badge parking on Tower Street will remain.
Cllr Nigel Ayre said: “We want the castle area to be a place that all of our residents enjoy spending time, interpreting its history and creating fantastic memories.
“Our commitment to quality public engagement has enabled us to deliver where decades of other proposals have failed.
“These are ideas in response to what the locals have told us. And they ask even bigger questions, like if the mix of uses is right, what if the Eye of York should remain as it is or become an open-air museum or exhibition space?
“We want residents to help answer these questions, so take a look and join the conversation.”
The proposals are part of the council’s Castle Gateway project, which will see 106 apartments built on the site of the old Castle Mills car park in Piccadilly, a pedestrian and cycle bridge installed over the River Foss and a new public space created on land behind the Castle Museum. Detailed design work should begin on this part of the plan.
A council update on the project says the master plan is still on target to stay on budget despite the pandemic, but adds: “There is still uncertainty over the impact of Covid-19 on the elements. of the project affecting the cost of delivery, including time and construction costs. “
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The Combined West Yorkshire Authority predicts that the entire development will bring in £ 360million to the Leeds City area.
Planning permission for the new multi-storey car park at St George’s Field was granted in January.