Work starts on new homes on former Terry's site - almost a decade after factory's closure announced

York Press: Work starts on new homes on former Terry's site Work starts on new homes on former Terry's site

WORK has finally started on building new homes on York’s former Terry’s site, almost a decade after it was announced that the iconic chocolate factory was to close.

York-based David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East has begun the re-development of part of the Chocolate Works site, which has lain derelict since the works finally shut in 2005 with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

The first phase of a 200+ plus scheme on land off Campleshon Road involves 57 houses, 29 apartments and a convenience store, which will be used as a sales office while the site is being developed. The new homes are expected to go on sale in the spring.

David Wilson Homes’ managing director, Paul Newman, said it was no ordinary housing scheme because the site held a special place in York’s history.

“We are determined to make a landmark statement which respects the heritage and reflects the architectural legacy of the former Terry’s Chocolate Works.,” he said.

“What we are delivering will enhance the neighbourhood and we’re delighted to get started on a development which will help meet the city’s urgent housing need.”

Construction director Rhoddy MacKinnon said 70-80 people would be working on site at any one time, with numbers peaking at about 150.

He said parties of pupils and students from schools across York and York College would be invited to the site as part of a drive to encourage more young people to consider taking up careers in the construction industry.

York council leader James Alexander said the start of work marked another major step forward for the Terry’s site, as well as being another brownfield site coming forward for development in York.

He said the scheme demonstrated that York was now the number one city in Yorkshire for investment.

Coun Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, said it was important that new homes - 20 per cent of which were affordable - were being created to help meet the city’s chronic shortage of homes, although he stressed that in the long run, brownfield sites alone could not meet all the city’s need for new housing.

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4:50pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Rocking Horse says...

Barratt - the Council's favourite builder !

Why ?

Maybe because in the last seven years (2007-2013) they built 98,000 homes at a net loss of £86m. They may as well be nationalised !

Some might say they are a quasi social enterprise ?

I wonder if the management are 'common purpose' graduates ?
Barratt - the Council's favourite builder ! Why ? Maybe because in the last seven years (2007-2013) they built 98,000 homes at a net loss of £86m. They may as well be nationalised ! Some might say they are a quasi social enterprise ? I wonder if the management are 'common purpose' graduates ? Rocking Horse

5:03pm Mon 13 Jan 14

TheTruthHurts says...

They have started, lets just hope that they finish :-)
They have started, lets just hope that they finish :-) TheTruthHurts

5:22pm Mon 13 Jan 14

matroom says...

Its all bl00dy doom and gloom on here !!
Its all bl00dy doom and gloom on here !! matroom

5:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

meme says...

At least its started and will produce much needed new homes so its good news
At least its started and will produce much needed new homes so its good news meme

5:30pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Weren't Barratts infamous for turning French gîtes into broken down barns?
Weren't Barratts infamous for turning French gîtes into broken down barns? Garrowby Turnoff

6:47pm Mon 13 Jan 14

chelk says...

What has Merrett got to do with housing his area is Transport even if he does not know what he is doing he should concentrate on his own area, maybe he is going to be moved to an easier area hopefully far far away
What has Merrett got to do with housing his area is Transport even if he does not know what he is doing he should concentrate on his own area, maybe he is going to be moved to an easier area hopefully far far away chelk

12:26am Tue 14 Jan 14

Rocking Horse says...

meme wrote:
At least its started and will produce much needed new homes so its good news
Yes, great news for all the small housebuilders who have been put out of business by the part nationalisation of the industry by over regulation.

One day when the housing crisis hass reached apocalyptic proportions, those with their heads in the sand will realise that a laissez faire approach would have avoided the mess. Politicians and ignorant self-interested plc's like Barratt's have ****ed housebuilding.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: At least its started and will produce much needed new homes so its good news[/p][/quote]Yes, great news for all the small housebuilders who have been put out of business by the part nationalisation of the industry by over regulation. One day when the housing crisis hass reached apocalyptic proportions, those with their heads in the sand will realise that a laissez faire approach would have avoided the mess. Politicians and ignorant self-interested plc's like Barratt's have ****ed housebuilding. Rocking Horse

10:20am Tue 14 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"20% of (the) new homes are affordable". That means that 80% of the new homes are unaffordable.

We're all happy with that, are we?
"20% of (the) new homes are affordable". That means that 80% of the new homes are unaffordable. We're all happy with that, are we? Ignatius Lumpopo

1:08pm Tue 14 Jan 14

pedalling paul says...

York is by no means the only Council currently without a Local Development Framework. Getting one agreed with Whitehall will surely reinforce CoYC's ability to resist greenfield development in favour of brownfield.
York is by no means the only Council currently without a Local Development Framework. Getting one agreed with Whitehall will surely reinforce CoYC's ability to resist greenfield development in favour of brownfield. pedalling paul

2:14pm Tue 14 Jan 14

york_chap says...

Why is Alexander sitting in that digger - is standing up for a minute or two really too much strain for him?

Also, why on Earth are the likes of Councillor Merrett (the council's hapless transport wingnut) jollying about at press-days on building sites and passing comment on the land used for housing developments?

Now that Lendal Bridge has been closed and York's buses are all running hyper-efficiently as a result, I sincerely hope this lot all went to and from the site by bus.
Why is Alexander sitting in that digger - is standing up for a minute or two really too much strain for him? Also, why on Earth are the likes of Councillor Merrett (the council's hapless transport wingnut) jollying about at press-days on building sites and passing comment on the land used for housing developments? Now that Lendal Bridge has been closed and York's buses are all running hyper-efficiently as a result, I sincerely hope this lot all went to and from the site by bus. york_chap

5:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Near where we live this one and glad to see things moving at last. More homes needed, Terry's starting to look rather sad - good news all round I'd say.
Near where we live this one and glad to see things moving at last. More homes needed, Terry's starting to look rather sad - good news all round I'd say. CaroleBaines

6:05pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Alf Garnett says...

Quite a few sites being developed in York at the moment and all of them brownfield. Quite right too.
Quite a few sites being developed in York at the moment and all of them brownfield. Quite right too. Alf Garnett

6:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Rocking Horse says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
"20% of (the) new homes are affordable". That means that 80% of the new homes are unaffordable. We're all happy with that, are we?
20% are social housing, and only available to those in need, which rules out those who are not on benefits.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: "20% of (the) new homes are affordable". That means that 80% of the new homes are unaffordable. We're all happy with that, are we?[/p][/quote]20% are social housing, and only available to those in need, which rules out those who are not on benefits. Rocking Horse

6:45pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Rocking Horse says...

pedalling paul wrote:
York is by no means the only Council currently without a Local Development Framework. Getting one agreed with Whitehall will surely reinforce CoYC's ability to resist greenfield development in favour of brownfield.
'Resist greenfield development' ?

What, when the DLP includes 2,000 acres of what was green belt ?

Stop spinning !
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: York is by no means the only Council currently without a Local Development Framework. Getting one agreed with Whitehall will surely reinforce CoYC's ability to resist greenfield development in favour of brownfield.[/p][/quote]'Resist greenfield development' ? What, when the DLP includes 2,000 acres of what was green belt ? Stop spinning ! Rocking Horse

7:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Rocking Horse says...

york_chap wrote:
Why is Alexander sitting in that digger - is standing up for a minute or two really too much strain for him? Also, why on Earth are the likes of Councillor Merrett (the council's hapless transport wingnut) jollying about at press-days on building sites and passing comment on the land used for housing developments? Now that Lendal Bridge has been closed and York's buses are all running hyper-efficiently as a result, I sincerely hope this lot all went to and from the site by bus.
Merrett controls transport and planning, but, hopefully not for much longer, as the marxists running CYC should be kicked out in 2015.

This site was prevented from proceeding largely due to Merrett's brainchild, the 50% affordable policy. The 20% quota they know derive was set because it is the maximum they can justify based on dynamic viability, and is therefore not a stimulus. They cannot claim any credit for the site starting, which is down to the opportunity resulting from Grantsides failure, which allowed Boot/Barratt to pick up the site at a massive bargain price.
[quote][p][bold]york_chap[/bold] wrote: Why is Alexander sitting in that digger - is standing up for a minute or two really too much strain for him? Also, why on Earth are the likes of Councillor Merrett (the council's hapless transport wingnut) jollying about at press-days on building sites and passing comment on the land used for housing developments? Now that Lendal Bridge has been closed and York's buses are all running hyper-efficiently as a result, I sincerely hope this lot all went to and from the site by bus.[/p][/quote]Merrett controls transport and planning, but, hopefully not for much longer, as the marxists running CYC should be kicked out in 2015. This site was prevented from proceeding largely due to Merrett's brainchild, the 50% affordable policy. The 20% quota they know derive was set because it is the maximum they can justify based on dynamic viability, and is therefore not a stimulus. They cannot claim any credit for the site starting, which is down to the opportunity resulting from Grantsides failure, which allowed Boot/Barratt to pick up the site at a massive bargain price. Rocking Horse

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