600-home plan for York factory site to be unveiled

MAJOR plans to build 600 new homes on a long-empty York site are about to be unveiled.

Developers will this week hold a public event to launch their plans for 600 homes on the Cocoa West site – the former Rowntree chocolate factory land off Wigginton Road.
The company behind the plans – Newby – has already got permission to convert the empty Rowntree Almond and Cream buildings into 258 flats and work is due to start in September. Directors have now confirmed they have also bought empty land behind that building, and are drawing up plans for 600 new houses and flats.

The Harrogate-based company’s director Nick Moody said: “We are incredibly excited to reach this pivotal stage of such a significant regeneration project for York. “We have a great opportunity to work together with the public, local businesses and the City of York Council to provide a development that will realise the full potential of the area. Engaging with local stakeholders is a valuable part of the process and will enable us to submit a fully considered application to safeguard the future of this strategic site.”
The land is already included in York’s draft Local Plan as a housing site, and Newby says its plans will bring “much needed new homes” for people in York in an accessible location within walking distance of the city centre, and close to the Sustrans cycle route.

They are aiming to submit planning application for the homes, open space, community facilities and small scale commercial uses in May. The company has also confirmed that a through route will be provided for buses, bike and pedestrians, and there will vehicle access to the new homes from both Haxby Road and Wigginton Road.

A public event is being held on Thursday, April 5, 3pm-8pm in the community cafe at Haxby Road Primary Academy, to give people chance to find out more.