Pedestrianisation of Duncombe Place back on the agenda
York Minster is consulting on plans for the area surrounding the Cathedral.
The Minster authorities are preparing a masterplan to explore how the Precinct could evolve in the future to meet the changing needs of its community and visitors. The Minster Chapter recognise that it is a sensitive and complex area of the City and its future care must be planned for carefully.
The intention is that the masterplan will be adopted as part of the City’s planning policy. It will provide the Minster with a clear strategy for the next twenty years and will be used to secure funding for individual projects.
The Minster is working with the City of York Council, Historic England, a wide range of stakeholders and the community to get the best plan in place. It is at a very early stage. An exhibition in Deans Park explains what they hope to achieve through the masterplan process.
Residents and visitors are being invited to give their ideas, suggestions and thoughts.
or if you prefer, print the survey here and send back in via post to Masterplanning, Church House, 10-14 Ogleforth, YO1 7JN
The consultation will run until midnight on Saturday 30 June.
This is a welcome initiative from the custodians of York’s best known landmark.
The City can’t stand still and some proposals – including the pedestrianisation and paving of Duncombe Place – are long overdue.
However, the devil (him again) will be in the detail and not everyone will share the Chapters view that Deans Park should be a more lively place. An “oasis of calm” in a busy world might get more votes!
Finding funding for the public infrastructure works is likely to be a particular challenge
Still there is room for improvement and most would be delighted if the historic St Williams College building was brought back into use.