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Newby submits plans to transform former Nestlé factory in York

Cocoa Works
Newby has submitted a full planning application to redevelop the historic former Nestlé factory on Haxby Road in York and deliver 263 residential apartments and associated facilities with a new convenience store. The landmark building, which has lain empty 2008, is a major heritage asset for the city of York but has fallen into disrepair as the confectionary giant sought to find a suitable developer with the right vision to breathe new life into the site.
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As a locally based developer Newby is no stranger to the landscape of North Yorkshire and its protected assets. Its team has decades of experience in converting historic buildings and working with interest groups to achieve sympathetic restoration for modern day uses. Plans for The Cocoa Works, as it is aptly named, reflect these considerations with a proposal that seeks to retain the industrial heritage with minimal change to the façade.

Nick Moody, founding partner at Newby said, “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 Cocoa Works scheme proposes a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments over six existing floors and includes a roof-top extension. The development seeks to provide accommodation to suit young professionals working in the city as well as families and downsizers looking for more convenient living.

A new 4,000 sq ft convenience store, storage for 288 bicycles and 173 external parking spaces as well as landscaped areas with feature lighting to the front and back of the building are also proposed.

Nick Moody continues, “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.”

Subject to planning consent, Newby hopes to be able to start works on site by November with a phased delivery programme over 30 months. The first phase of apartments will be released for sale in Summer 2018. Axis Architecture has designed the scheme and York based O’Neill Associates is appointed planning consultant.