Terrys clock tower set to get permission for flats conversion

The York Council is set to approve plan to turn the former Terry’s clock tower into 22 apartments.

terrys-clock-towerThe plan – to be considered on 5th January – also involves providing space for a museum and associated car parking.

It is proposed to convert the building for residential use incorporating 19 one, two and three bedroom apartments within the existing building and a further three within the northern roof top extension (to the boiler house) which would be executed in structural glazing.

The upper clock chamber has been made over by the applicant to provide a museum and viewing space to provide interpretive material in respect of the development of chocolate manufacture at the site. The clock would also be reinstated.

The Clock Tower comprises a substantial brick and art stone detailed, Grade II Listed, structure with an attached two storey boiler house.

It occupies a prominent location within the Terry’s/Racecourse Conservation Area. It formerly acted as a chimney and boiler house to support the manufacture of chocolate and confectionery at the Terry’s site from construction in the 1920s until manufacture ceased in 2006.

Officials say, “The building is on the “Heritage at Risk” register. Unfortunately no commercial or leisure occupier has been found to “save” the building in spite of a long and extensive marketing exercise. The height and configuration of the accommodation, its location within the body of the site, and the cost of essential repair-work have been cited by potential occupiers as reasons for lack of viability for a commercial or mixed use scheme. The over-riding consideration is finding a new use that would sustain the heritage significance of the building”.

“The scheme would rescue this building at risk which is a much valued and prominent York landmark”

Only eight objections to the proposal have been received by the Council although one is from the Civic Trust.

Planning committee set to approve elderly persons home in former Terry’s building

The Planning Committee taking place on 22nd October will be asked to approve 4 major developments in the City.

One of the most significant applications would see the delightful but deteriorating Terry’s HQ office building brought back into use as a care home.  While changes to the layout of the Listed building are proposed, developers face a challenge in meeting modern expectations in a building of this age and layout.

Terrys Site

  • Former Terry’s Offices, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1DE (15/01623/FULM) A major full application for the conversion of former Terrys headquarters building to a care home with 82 care bedrooms and 8 care apartments with rooftop extension and car parking  plus (15/01624/LBC) A listed building consent application for internal and external alterations in connection with the conversion of the former Terry’s headquarters building to a care home with rooftop extension.  The Terry’s Headquarters Building comprises a Grade II Listed brick and stone built former office block to the east of the former entrance to the Terry’s chocolate manufacturing complex dating to the early 1920s. The site also lies within the Terrys/Racecourse Conservation Area. The premises have been vacant and deteriorating since 2011 when after chocolate manufacture at the site ceased, the subsequent office tenant vacated the premises. Planning permission is now sought for conversion of the premises into an 82 bed care home with 8 extra care apartments. The proposal includes a single storey roof level mansard extension. The application is recommended for approval
  • Land to the North of Avon Drive, Huntington, York (15/00798/OUTM) A major outline application for the erection of 109 houses. The application includes 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses. 30% of all house types would be affordable. The development would be bounded to the north by a landscaped buffer between the housing and the ring road. Two access points would be created via two vacant plots on the north side of Avon Drive. A new internal loop road within the development would link the two accesses. However the site is in the Green Belt and its development is therefore inappropriate  The application is recommended for refusal
  • Grantchester, Stripe Lane, Skelton, York, YO30 1YJ (15/01659/FUL) A full application for the use of land for a 20 pitch touring caravan and camping site. The site has recently been granted a 5 caravan and 10 tent certification by the caravan and camping club and is being operated within the parameters of this licence. A small building has been constructed on the south side of the plot which provides toilet facilities and water and emptying points are located towards the northern boundary. The proposal is to increase the use of the site to accommodate up to 20 caravans or tents. The application is recommended for approval
  • Plot 7, Great North Way, Nether Poppleton, York (15/01307/FULM) A major full application for the erection of a motor vehicle dealership, sales and servicing buildings with outside vehicle parking areas. Planning permission is sought for the construction of a Arnold Clarkcar dealership with associated facilities including car servicing, valeting and used car sales within a 3014 sq metre building employing 45 full time staff. The site has been notified as a SINC or Site of Interest for Nature Conservation on the basis of its calcareous vegetation and a colony of Great Crested Newts which have subsequently been “trans-located” (!) The application is recommended for approval

Terry’s – planning recommendation published

Terry'sCouncil officials are recommending that approval be given to the erection of 79 houses and 161 apartments on the former Terry’s site on Bishopthorpe Road. 

A decision will be taken at a Planning Committee meeting scheduled to take place on 18th December.

The proposal from David Wilson Homes  is likely to be subject to  a Section 106 agreement which will require the provision of off site public pen space, school places  and affordable housing.

The same meeting will be recommended to refuse planning permission for a 40 pitch touring caravan site on Malton Road.

Hob Moor development gets go ahead

Hungate, Askham Bryan, Terry’s, Lawrence Street also approved

Approved plan for Hob Moor site click to enlarge

Approved plan for Hob Moor site click to enlarge

The controversial house building plans for the former Our Lady’s school site on Windsor Garth were approved by the Planning Committee last night. It appears though that the scheme may now be referred to the Secretary of State for his views.

Although the revised plans were an improvement on those originally submitted, it remains a very dense development which will add further pressures to public services in the area.

No provision has been made to provide additional parking spaces for those vehicles which will be displaced from the access road.

Astonishingly no restrictions were imposed by the committee on the use of tracked plant outside the line of the existing railings, opening up the possibility that – in wet conditions – parts of the Moor adjacent to the site might be subject to severe damage.

Although most of the existing metal railings area now being retained – allowing the existing trees and bushes to remain in place as a visual screen – on the north side of the site a new wooden fence will be installed.

No reason has been given for replacing the railings with this inferior fence, which is likely to provide less security for both residents and the Moor.


The committee also approved development plans for offices in Hungate (Haymarket car park), an extension to Askham Bryan College, detailed design features on the Terry’s site as well as the provision of new student accommodation on Lawrence Street.

Major planning applications to be considered on Thursday – Hungate, Askham Bryan, Windsor Garth, Terry’s, Lawrence Street.

As well as the controversial Our Lady’s housing development on Windsor Garth, several other major planning applications will be decided at a meeting taking place on Thursday.


First up are the Hiscox insurance company plans for Hungate.

click for larger plan

click for larger plan

The Haymarket car park and adjacent site – which was to have been the site of the new Council HQ – are set to become office blocks.

The Council was heavily criticised 18 months ago for selling off the sites for approximately half of their current value. In total taxpayers lost out on about £2.5 million as the Labour Council Leadership desperately tried to attract the Hiscox company to the City.

Now two sets of plans have been published.

The first concerns Haymarket Car Park, the Ambulance Station and the Peasholme Green Hostel site.

It is for the erection of part-three and part-four storey office building (Use Class B1a) of 6,545 square metres (GEA), new energy centre (49 square metres), landscaping proposals, improvements to public realm and highways.

English Heritage, who sabotaged the Council’s plans 6 years ago, have said they now support the development proposals.

The second application is for the site to the rear of the plot. It could be an office (Use Class B1a) with flexible ground floor uses (A1 Shops, D1 institutions or D2 Leisure), or hotel building (Use Class C1) with access.

The offices would be 4 storeys high and the hotel 5 storeys.

Both applications re recommended for approval.
Askham Bryan College

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The college has applied to provide:

  •  • Two Animal Management Centres
  • • Animal shelters, aviary and enclosures to the south of the animal management centre and within the arboretum (between the main campus building and the A64), perimeter fence to the wildlife and conservation area
  • • Birds of prey centre
  • • Following the demolition of the existing animal management buildings extension of existing parking facilities. The parking would become more formalised and would provide bus turning and waiting facilities
  • • Conversion of the existing equestrian building to provide storage and winter housing for animals in relation to the animal management centre
  • • The quadrangle of the main teaching block would be covered by a glazed roof
  • • An entrance lobby to the main teaching block
  • • Two rows of single storey portacabin student accommodation set between the existing student accommodation and the teaching blocks (retrospective) a 3 year temporary planning permission is sought for this development
  • • A farm reception building
  • • Extensions of an existing agricultural building
  • • A general purpose/livestock building on the site of the existing silage clamp
  • • A silage clamp
  • • Conversion of existing cattle shed to equine loose boxes
  • • An equestrian centre, with entrance from York Road and 2 no. two bed dwellings
  • • Re-profiling of fields/hill to the west of the campus to create a polo field with associated landscaping

Student numbers are projected to nearly double over the next 5 years from 1200 to 2300. The level of car parking on site will increase from approximately 390 spaces to 530 spaces.

A second application involves an outline application for the erection of new building and conversion of existing building to provide student accommodation; the erection of teaching block following the demolition of a workshop; and the erection of an engineering building

The applications are for developments in the Green Belt. They are recommended for approval but will have to be referred to the Secretary of State for approval.
A “reserved matters” application for Phase 1 of the development of the former Terry’s factory site. It comprises 57 houses, one 18 unit apartment building and one. 11 unit apartment building with ground floor retail unit. Details can be found by clicking here.

The plans are recommended for approval
Lawrence Street

Site is the former Reg Vardy car showroom

The proposals involve the demolition of existing car showroom and the erection of 3 student accommodation buildings comprising of 220 studios with associated external works including a freestanding energy building.
Click here for details