York chocolate factory site redevelopment is set for go-ahead

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Plans for the first wave of homes on a landmark factory site are being recommended for approval in what is being heralded as a major boost for a Yorkshire city.

There has been intense speculation over the future of the historic Terry’s estate in York after confectionery production came to an end eight years ago in a huge blow to the city’s traditional manufacturing sector.

Next week members of York Council will meet to consider a further details of a planning application to build dozens of new homes in the initial stage of the bid to transform the sprawling 27-acre site.

David Wilson Homes wants to build 57 homes and 28 flats and a shop as part of the first stage of the major development.

Outline permission has already been granted for the redevelopment of the Terry’s site and the latest application, which will be considered by members of York Council’s planning committee on Thursday will consider issues including access, layout and appearance of the site.

Five letters have been received, one in support and four objecting to the plans which officers are recommending are approved.

Concerns include fears that traffic will become clogged up in adjoining side streets.

Coun James Alexander, Labour Leader of York Council, said last night: “The council is committed to providing new homes and helping businesses thrive and we are delighted that we’re able to help bring this brownfield site forward for much needed homes.

“The Chocolate Works is a central platform in that programme we will do everything we can to support the development of this site. York is open for business and is the number one city to invest in Yorkshire. This is a clear demonstration of that.”

Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “I welcome this major step forward. Residents have been concerned at the deteriorating position of the site and historic buildings, and look forward to an early start on rescuing the buildings and welcome new family housing.”

It is proposed to build homes and a four-storey apartment block in the first stage of the development. Initial permission has previously been granted to build 270 houses and apartments.

The former Terry’s chocolate factory also incorporates a number of grade II listed buildings.