Council meeting preview: Changes for Nestle South housing plans

City of York Council will discuss the future of part of the Nestlé South development in Haxby Road, York

City of York Council will discuss the future of part of the Nestlé South development in Haxby Road, York

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TALKS are being held over the the future of the redevelopment of one of York's former chocolate factory sites after it was revealed investors are turning away from aspects of the approved plans.

The news - about the Nestle South development on Haxby Road - comes ahead of a full meeting of City of York Council today, which will see cabinet member for planning Councillor Dave Merrett report to his council colleagues on progress of major developments around York.

The Nestle South development which was given outline planning permission in 2011 includes both residential and commercial or employment sites.

A report updating councillors says the commercial/ employments have not received a great deal of interest from developers, leading the council and site owners to consider how the site can be made more attractive to investors by increasing the proportion of more profitable residential developments.

The document also includes updates on developments at the former Terry's site on the Southbank, where the first stage of building work began earlier this year. Cllr Merrett is set to tell councillors that a planning application for the next stage of development at the factory could be submitted anytime.

Updates are also due on the developments of the formers British Sugar site, and on Piccadilly.

At British Sugar Cllr Merrett will report that the council is working with site owners ABF and agents Rapleys to produce what it calls "spatial concept options" for a consultation later this month.

The basic contract for the sale of the neighbouring old Manor School site has been agreed, the report adds, and another planning application, this time for up to 1000 homes and a community hub, is expected in September.

In the centre of York, talks are still going on about the future of Ryedale House and a planning application to see it converted into apartments is also expected within the next few months.

Cllr Merrett's report says those plans could include a new public pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Foss to the Eye of York, which with planned improvements to the area as part of the Reinvigorate York initiative could "contribute significantly to the regeneration of the area".

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5:08pm Thu 17 Jul 14

meme says...

the more the council says it works with developers on something; which in real speak means ''tells them what the council wants in terms of money/affordable/use
s/public open space etc'' the more delayed the schemes become and the less financially viable and therefore the less likely to be built
If the council knew anything about making a development work in the real world they would be real developers..... not career planners etc
If only they would keep out of things more would happen quicky
the more the council says it works with developers on something; which in real speak means ''tells them what the council wants in terms of money/affordable/use s/public open space etc'' the more delayed the schemes become and the less financially viable and therefore the less likely to be built If the council knew anything about making a development work in the real world they would be real developers..... not career planners etc If only they would keep out of things more would happen quicky meme
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4:57am Fri 18 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

A report updating councillors says the commercial/ employments have not received a great deal of interest from developers, leading the council and site owners to consider how the site can be made more attractive to investors by increasing the proportion of more profitable residential developments.


Long and short, basically, then is that developers don't want to actually build something that might give something back to the city as a whole - a place of employment - but instead want to shoehorn in as many houses as possible on the site....

Anybody here surprised by that?
no, me neither.
[quote]A report updating councillors says the commercial/ employments have not received a great deal of interest from developers, leading the council and site owners to consider how the site can be made more attractive to investors by increasing the proportion of more profitable residential developments. [/quote] Long and short, basically, then is that developers don't want to actually build something that might give something back to the city as a whole - a place of employment - but instead want to shoehorn in as many houses as possible on the site.... Anybody here surprised by that? no, me neither. Magicman!
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10:01am Fri 18 Jul 14

Whistlejacket says...

Magic man,
The long and the short of it is that developers want to build something that they can sell, not construct commercial or industrial units that will remain empty for years.
If you want to put your name down for a 50,000 square foot shed, I'm sure they'd love to hear from you.
Magic man, The long and the short of it is that developers want to build something that they can sell, not construct commercial or industrial units that will remain empty for years. If you want to put your name down for a 50,000 square foot shed, I'm sure they'd love to hear from you. Whistlejacket
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11:28am Fri 18 Jul 14

meme says...

Developers have to build stuff that people want or they go bust...thy are not a charity
Planners have unrealistic dreams driven by political dogma.
Most towns developed pretty well in the recent past in fact better than before we had complete planning involvement who drive design/layout/etc and ask for blackmail money that makes schemes unviable
Then they wonder why things are not build ..................DO
H!!
Developers have to build stuff that people want or they go bust...thy are not a charity Planners have unrealistic dreams driven by political dogma. Most towns developed pretty well in the recent past [except when planners got really involved in the 60/70's] in fact better than before we had complete planning involvement who drive design/layout/etc and ask for blackmail money that makes schemes unviable Then they wonder why things are not build ..................DO H!! meme
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