Work Begins on New Homes on York's Terry's Site
3:54pm 13th January 2014
Work has begun to build new homes on the site of the former Terry's factory in York.
The site has laid derelict since 2005, when the former Terry's factory was closed by Kraft Foods after an announcement the year before.
In December, the planners approved the application for phase one of the development which comprises 57 houses, 29 apartments and a shop which will be used as a sales office while the site is developed. Today, managing director of David Wilson Homes, Paul Newman and York Council leader James Alexander met on site to mark the start of work.
David Wilson Homes’ managing director, Paul Newman said: “This is no ordinary housing scheme. The site holds a special place in York’s history and we are determined to make a landmark statement which respects the heritage and reflects the architectural legacy of the former Terry’s Chocolate Works. What we are delivering will enhance the neighbourhood and we’re delighted to get started on a development which will help meet the city’s urgent housing need.”
James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said: “Today marks another major step forward for the Terry’s site and another brownfield site coming forwards for development in York, with the recent announcement of York Central and Castle Piccadilly sites."
“The council is committed to providing new homes and helping businesses thrive and is delighted that this brownfield site is coming forward for much needed homes. The Chocolate Works is a central platform in that programme we will do everything we can to support the development of this site. York is open for business and is the number one city to invest in Yorkshire, which this is a clear demonstration of that.”
Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “I welcome the official start on-site of the housing construction by David Wilson Homes, this is a major step forward.”
The new homes are expected to go on sale in the Spring.
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