Nestle Factory Apartment Plans Approved

Plans to convert a former Nestlé factory building in York into apartments have been given planning permission. The historic Nestlé factory on Haxby Road opened in 1892, but the Almond buildings were only constructed in 1910 while the cream block was built in 1936 and further extended to the north in 1938 in an art deco style. The buildings have sat empty since 2008 when the building was no longer suitable for modern production. Property development company Newby has secured detailed planning consent from the City of York Council to redevelop the historic site. The Yorkshire-based developer is set to transform the factory into the ‘Cocoa Works’ consisting of 258 residential apartments and associated facilities with a new convenience store.  

Nick Moody, founding partner at Newby, said: “We are delighted to receive detailed planning consent for our redevelopment plans which will deliver much needed new homes in York City Centre.

“Overall the public have shown overwhelming support for our proposals that give new life to a valued heritage building.

“The approved design will preserve the structure with little change to the façade, and also restore features such as the memorial library, clocks, railings and covered walkway, whilst providing a revised internal configuration.”

Axis Architecture has designed the scheme and York based O’Neill Associates is appointed planning consultant.

Plans for a new 4,000 sq ft convenience store, storage for 288 bicycles and 173 external parking spaces as well as landscaped areas with feature lighting have also been approved.