In September 2016, City of York Council introduced their consultation on development ideas for York’s “Southern Gateway”, the area running from Blue Bridge to Coppergate and centred on Piccadilly and the lower river Foss, which has long been a planning problem zone. No specific plans were on the table at that time. But on 4th January we learnt from The Press in York that local development company Northminster has published details of a forthcoming planning application to build a 146-bed hotel and eight flats in Piccadilly, on a site now occupied by an NCP car park and Infinity Motorcycles, next door to Ryedale House. The published plans include a riverside terrace and garden with public access, which could improve the environment of the Foss at this very conspicuous site.
David Fraser, CEO of York Civic Trust, has called for a “master plan” for the Southern Gateway to be brought forward as soon as possible, to ensure that individual planning proposals such as this one adopt the highest design and construction standards, and fit in to the overall scheme.
Plans for the proposed development, known as Piccadilly Riverside, will be on display at the Hilton Hotel, Tower Street, between 3.00 and 7.00pm on Wednesday 25th January. If you are able to drop in, please tell us your reactions -we would love to hear what you think!