THE developers behind the restoration of York's former Terry's chocolate factory say more than 400 people have registered an interest to live there.

The Grade II-listed landmark building on the site off Bishopthorpe Road is being converted into a range of homes - from individual one beds to large luxurious apartments and unique duplex penthouses with private roof top terraces - by specialist developers, PJ Livesey.

Following a re-branding as The Residence, the company’s sales line and web site have been dealing with inquiries running at a dozen a day.

PJ Livesey director, Georgina Livesey, said: "We are delighted with the response but not surprised. People know this is a special building and offers a unique lifestyle and they want to be part of it."

Apartments will start from around £185,000 with prices for the bespoke penthouses yet to be released. Sales will launch this spring. Sales are being handled in conjunction with local agent Carter Jonas.

Director Edward Stoyle said: "The Residence has been incredibly well received. Potential buyers like the character of the building and the quality promised by PJ Livesey - there will be nothing else like this in the city and the show unit launch will be a much anticipated event.

"The first wave of properties released for sale will be the smaller units on the ground and first floor and I think there will be a mad dash to get in there quickly. The larger units and the penthouses will be of interest to clients who are looking to downsize their space without compromising their lifestyle.

"York has a national and international draw. It is a safe city with a good yield at the moment and attractive to small investors who want to buy into quality.

"The market ended the year with real momentum, no Christmas slow down, and we expect that confidence to carry through 2016."