Nearly 300 people have objected. Yet York council looks set to approve two large blocks of flats in front of Terry’s

Plans for two four-storey apartment blocks to be built in front of Terry’s former factory are set to be given the go ahead – despite nearly 300 objections.

The controversial scheme next to the entrance to York Racecourse includes 85 apartments and seven houses.

The racecourse, the National Trust and York Civic Trust oppose the scheme.

And the council has received 289 letters objecting to the planning application.

An aerial view

The racecourse says the development is too large. And scores of residents, including those who are members of the Terry’s of York Planning Action Group and the Chocolate Works Residents’ Association, say the development would harm the views and setting of the listed former factory buildings.

They also fear it will create too much traffic and lead to too many people living at the site.

York Civic Trust say the scheme will create too many homes in addition to the Chocolate Works.

‘Pressure on GPs’

The flats in front of Terry’s

Vale of York CCG say the development would put pressure on GP surgeries in the area, by adding 200 extra patients to their lists.

They say if the scheme goes ahead, the developer should put more than £169,000 towards created extra space at the surgeries.

The development will have 120 car parking spaces and 132 cycle parking spaces.

A courtyard in the development
Some say they are out of keeping with the history around them

Council planning officers have recommended the scheme is given the go ahead.

In a report they say: “Outline planning permission has previously been given for the office element of a mixed use scheme on the site with a similar scale and massing.

“The scale and design of the proposal would not harm the living conditions of nearby residents and subject to any permission being appropriately conditioned the amenity of existing residents would be safeguarded.”

It adds that the development will also not harm the former factory, the National Trust-run Goddard’s House or the Terry’s Racecourse Conservation Area.

The report says: “The application proposes a development of 92 residential units (85 apartments and seven townhouses) on previously developed land in a sustainable location.

“The development would make an appreciable contribution to the city’s five year housing land supply.”

Decision soon

The planning application has been submitted by developers Henry Boot and Stonebridge Homes.

They say the scheme will “bring a new lease of life” to the site and “unlock opportunities for regeneration in the surrounding area”.

The application was set to come before a previous planning committee meeting – but was delayed because a bat survey was required. It will be decided at a City of York Council meeting on Thursday at 4.30pm.