Resi scheme approved for York’s historic chocolate factory

Planners give the thumbs up to Newby's Nestlé factory project

The City of York Council has given property developer Newby the thumbs up for its plan to turn the derelict former Nestlé factory in York into 258 apartments.

The landmark “Cocoa Works” site on Haxby Road has lain empty since 2008, but has now received detailed planning consent for a resi revival involving 258 new homes with associated facilities (lots of parking, a concierge etc) with a new 4,000 square foot convenience store. Axis Architecture has designed the scheme, with York-based O’Neill Associates running point on planning matters.

Newby has form in converting historic buildings, having delivered successful heritage developments of Victorian wharves and mill complexes in regional centres including Nottingham, Leeds and Brighton.

Apartments will range from one- to three-beds, across six existing floors and a roof-top extension. Units are aimed at young professionals and down-sizers.

Nick Moody, founding partner at Newby: “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.”