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Vision of homes for Terry’s chocolate factory site
THE rejuvenation of the former Terry’s chocolate factory site has taken a major step forward with the submission of detailed plans for 85 new homes.
York-based David Wilson Homes, which acquired The Chocolate Works jointly with Henry Boot Developments in April, wants to press ahead with the first phase of a 270-home scheme.
The proposals for land at the southern end of the site involve a mix of three and four bedroom townhouses, larger detached family homes and two bedroom apartments, along with a convenience store at the main access point in to the development.
The designs by award-winning architect Richards Partington Associates are intended to mirror aspects of the neighbouring Terry’s factory buildings as well as complement the South Bank architecture, said a spokesman.
He said that compared to the outline planning consent, the designs now submitted to City of York Council promised more amenity space, a straight central boulevard and pedestrian priority.
“If the plans are approved at the next City of York Council planning committee, David Wilson Homes could begin work on site before the end of this calendar year and the first residents could move in by early to mid 2014,” he said.
“The detailed plans for The Chocolate Works were discussed back in July with local residents at the Terry’s Community Forum meeting, where the response was extremely positive.”
David Wilson Homes managing director Paul Newman said: “I believe we’ve gone the extra mile to ensure the house designs, layout, choice of properties and provision of green space is perfect for this location.”
He said demand for the properties was likely to be strong and so he expected to be firming up plans for phase two relatively soon.
York council leader James Alexander said: “This is another major step forward for York. We are delighted that we’re able to help bring this brownfield site forward for much needed homes.”
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