Chunky resi plans go in for York’s Cocoa Works

Plans go in for landmark former Nestlé factory

A full planning application has been submitted to turn Nestlé’s old factory on Haxby Road in York – which has lain empty since 2008 – into 263 residential apartments.

Locally-based property development firm Newby is behind the grand designs for the derelict landmark, with Axis Architecture drawing up plans and York-based O’Neill Associates advising on planning.

Newby’s intentions for The Cocoa Works won’t change the monolithic building’s six storey industrial facade much, but internal areas are likely to be gutted to make way for one-, two- and three-bed units appropriate for high spec modern living. There will, however be a roof extension as well as a new convenience store and parking etc.

If all goes to plan with the planning department, Newby hopes to start works on site by November, with a phased delivery programme over 30 months to deliver first phase of apartments for sale in Summer 2018.

Nick Moody, founding partner at Newby: “We love the building and all that it stands for and, after detailed consultation with the local public and other key stakeholder groups that gave 98% positive feedback, we feel that our proposals make the most of its potential.

“The design seeks to preserve the structure, and external features such as the memorial library, clocks, railings and covered walkway, whilst providing a revised internal configuration to provide new homes that are much needed in the area.

“The apartments will vary in size, making the most of the high ceilings and large window features for individual appeal.  Unusual for most schemes, we have taken care to include plenty of storage and all apartments will benefit from superfast broadband.  We have also incorporated a dedicated concierge facility which will be located in the former Grade 2 listed Joseph Rowntree Memorial Library.”