Housing plans for former Del Monte site

The former Del Monte factory in Skelton, which closed in 2012

The former Del Monte factory in Skelton, which closed in 2012

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

A FORMER factory in York which closed two years ago with the loss of 140 jobs could be turned into housing.

Del Monte has taken the first steps towards building 60 homes on the site where its Skelton factory, which made salad and coleslaws for retailers, operated until the company decided to shut it in April 2012.

Agents acting for the food firm have asked City of York Council for a “screening opinion” – laying out which environmental issues and other matters may have to be addressed once a full planning application is submitted – for the Shipton Road site, which has been vacant since the factory’s closure.

When Del Monte announced it was shutting its York base, it was understood to have lost a contract with supermarket chain Morrisons.

Unions said talks had been held with Asda in an attempt to win new business, although Del Monte consistently declined to comment at the time. The firm made 20 redundancies in 2008 and warned there could be more job losses the following year.

In a letter to council planners, property consultants Knight Frank said: “The proposal will involve the development of approximately 2.3 hectares of brownfield land, with the potential to deliver up to 60 new homes.

“We are not aware of any other planned developments within Skelton and the surrounding area which could result in a cumulative impact. The proposal does not have any unusually complex or potentially hazardous environmental effects.”

The site owned by Del Monte, at the southern end of Skelton, also includes almost a hectare of green belt land, but this would not be developed under the proposals.

It was originally the home of Wrights of York, a business which operated for more than 100 years and was renowned for its pork pies.

The factory later housed Freshbake Foods, Campbell’s and the Albert Fisher Group, which Fresh Del Monte Produce bought out of administration in 2002.

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11:25am Wed 5 Mar 14

Oyy you says...

Could the remaining acre not be used for the local travelling community.......
Could the remaining acre not be used for the local travelling community....... Oyy you
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12:26pm Wed 5 Mar 14

york_chap says...

We do need more housing, but I don't understand why brownfield sites nearer to the city can't be used first. 60 new houses this far out of town means 60 - 100 extra cars using the A19 & ring road or shipton road and clifton green corridor every day; both of which are already severely congested. After all, I don't think there are many bus routes which serve the Skelton area; the regular services on that side of town only seem to go to Haxby and Poppleton etc and it's too far to walk into town, even if people wanted to.

The council should be encouraging private development at sites closer to the city centre or which have more transport options - places like Hungate and the British Sugar site etc.
We do need more housing, but I don't understand why brownfield sites nearer to the city can't be used first. 60 new houses this far out of town means 60 - 100 extra cars using the A19 & ring road or shipton road and clifton green corridor every day; both of which are already severely congested. After all, I don't think there are many bus routes which serve the Skelton area; the regular services on that side of town only seem to go to Haxby and Poppleton etc and it's too far to walk into town, even if people wanted to. The council should be encouraging private development at sites closer to the city centre or which have more transport options - places like Hungate and the British Sugar site etc. york_chap
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3:45pm Wed 5 Mar 14

meme says...

well they should say yes
its been knocked down to avoid empty rates
its sat doing nothing while they go through a 'marketing' period
Its brownfield near bus stops/park ride/ cycle routes etc so sustainable location
Not only should they say yes.... they should be encouraging it to deliver asap BUT
what's bet its at least 6 months of wrangling before anything happens given this council? most wrangling will be over affordable percentage
well they should say yes its been knocked down to avoid empty rates its sat doing nothing while they go through a 'marketing' period Its brownfield near bus stops/park ride/ cycle routes etc so sustainable location Not only should they say yes.... they should be encouraging it to deliver asap BUT what's bet its at least 6 months of wrangling before anything happens given this council? most wrangling will be over affordable percentage meme
  • Score: 3

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