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New plans to build homes on former Sessions printing site
DEVELOPERS have produced fresh plans to turn a former York printing factory into a housing estate after tweaking the design of the scheme.
Ben Bailey Homes and Stirling Scotfield (Ebor) LLP withdrew their original proposals to demolish the building on Huntington Road which used to house labelling firm Sessions of York and build 59 homes earlier this month, saying further talks with City of York Council planners were needed.
The companies have now submitted a new planning application to the authority and are expected to find out in November whether they can go ahead with the scheme.
The housing plans were drawn up after the site was marketed for business use with little interest, and the homes will be built in five sections if the proposals are approved.
Sessions went into administration three-and-a-half years ago after trading for 199 years, with its York-based business – which had been in the city since 1920 – switching to a Lincolnshire plant after being bought by Paragon Print & Packaging Group. About 100 staff were employed at the Huntington Road factory at the time.
A statement sent to council planners by I D Planning, the developers’ agents, said the layout of the scheme had been altered so it did not affect a nearby listed building on Huntington Road.
It said the authority’s conservation officers believed this was a “major enhancement”.
The statement said: “The development will clearly enhance the setting of the listed building and, on that basis, the removal of this unattractive, derelict industrial site and its replacement with a softer development of housing and landscaping is considered to be an improvement on the current situation.”
If the proposals go ahead, 13 of the homes will be available as affordable housing.
The council’s draft Local Plan development blueprint has been criticised for not allocating enough brownfield sites for housing schemes. But council leader James Alexander said: “Working together with the private sector has energised a renewed confidence in York’s economy.
“We have been working hard to bring brownfield sites such as the Bonding Warehouse and White Swan Hotel, left empty for a generation by the previous administration, back into use and it is good to hear of plans for 59 homes on yet another brownfield site.”
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