Brownfield site acquired next to residential development

Following the sales launch of The Cocoa Works scheme at York’s former Rowntree factory, Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, has announced the acquisition of an adjacent site.

Latimer has appointed JTP Architects to revise the original proposals for the 11-acre brownfield site to introduce more family housing, deliver a less dense mixed tenure residential scheme and create a community in keeping with the historic surroundings.

The latest scheme, called Cocoa West, will provide modern facilities, improved biodiversity, alongside private and public outdoor space.

It will comprise homes for private sale, shared ownership and rent, with a minimum of 20% being affordable housing. In addition, there will be crèche facilities available on the site to support working families.

Latimer says it will start consultation with the local community on the new proposals in early 2021 with work on site expected to begin in 2022.

Richard Cook, group director of development for Clarion Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to have acquired this site which will enable us to create a vibrant and thriving new sustainable mixed tenure neighbourhood in York, integrating with and complementing our Cocoa Works development.

“Our commitment to placemaking means that this new development will not only be a place where people want to live, but also socialise and work, using the environment we create as a base from which to explore all that the city has to offer.

“Our new proposals will deliver a significant number of much-needed affordable homes alongside homes for private sale, meeting the needs of a wide range of people at different life stages, and we’re looking forward to working with the City of York and the local community to develop our plans further.”

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