Council meeting preview: Changes for Nestle South housing plans
Updated 10:55am Thursday 17th July 2014 in News
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".