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1,300 homes plan unveiled for former British Sugar site off Boroughbridge Road, York
A NEW vision has been unveiled for one of the biggest developments in York’s history, including up to 1,300 homes and a shopping centre.
Associated British Foods (ABF), which owns the former British Sugar factory site off Boroughbridge Road, is set to kickstart plans for a huge housing scheme, shops, community facilities and possibly a school on 42 hectares of land, which also include the old Manor School site, The Press can reveal.
The land forms part of the York Northwest corridor, a “regeneration area” including the York Central site next to York Station.
The Boroughbridge Road factory closed in 2007 and demolition work began the following year, and city leaders say the site has “huge potential” after progress stalled for years.
The site is expected to have as many as 1,300 family homes, a retail centre including business space, restaurants and bars, a “community hub” which could be used as a health centre, hall or primary school, a new road through the old Manor School site, Plantation Drive and Millfield Lane, and land reserved for a tram-train halt.
London-based planning consultants Rapleys, acting for ABF, have submitted a “scoping report” to City of York Council, which owns the former school site.
The report covers matters such as environmental issues ahead of more detailed plans being produced, and Rapleys’ statement said: “A masterplan is being developed accommodating a residential-led proposal, and the intention is to submit a planning application early in 2014.”
The British Sugar/Manor School site is pivotal to the council’s aim of 22,000 new homes being built in York by 2030.
Council leader James Alexander said: “We are pleased to be working with Associated British Foods on kickstarting another key site in York for potential redevelopment for future homes and businesses.
“Even though they are in the early stages of bringing this site forward for regeneration, at 42 hectares this site has huge potential. We are committed to getting York building and bringing more opportunities for employment and growth for our city.”
Darren Richardson, the council’s director of city and environmental services, said the authority was keen to see how ABF and its planning agents would create community facilities, make the development sustainable and ensure it fits in with surrounding areas. He said: “This is all vital to ensuring any new developments in this area can prosper.”
Susie Cawood, head of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said she was delighted the site’s redevelopment was moving closer and ABF was investing in York. She said: “This will add to the growing confidence in the city’s economic future”.
British Sugar announced in 2006 that the factory, which had been processing sugar beet for 80 years, would close with the loss of about 100 full-time and 40 seasonal jobs, blaming changes to European Union sugar production quotas.
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