Remediation works begin at site of former gas works
Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker has conducted a ceremonial ground-breaking to herald the start of works at Heworth Green.
Status: Planning Approved
Category: Mixed Use, Residential
In February 2020, O’Neill Associates secured outline planning permission to develop a former Rowntree’s factory site, known as Cocoa West, for up to 425 new homes with commercial space and community facilities.
In June 2017 O’Neill Associates celebrated the success of achieving planning consent for the conversion of these remaining buildings to create 279 1 and 2 bed apartments.
With outline planning now consented for the residential development of Cocoa West this brings the overall number of dwellings on the strategic housing site to just over 700.
In achieving planning consent for the scheme O’Neill Associates dealt with a number of complex challenges including traffic and highways, attaining appropriate massing and density, community engagement, and protection of the site’s historic significance.
A new connection onto the cycle path will be made in the location of the former Rowntree Half railway station and the project will also bring part of Bootham Stray back into use as public open space, having functioned as a car park for Nestle staff over the last 20 years.
It is expected that the first phase of the construction works will commence in late 2020