York schemes to go before planners

TWO major schemes in York, including the development of land owned by confectionary giant Nestle which will create hundreds of jobs, are set to be approved.

A multi-million pound development to build homes, shops and offices on part of the Nestle site is set to create nearly 600 jobs.

And developer S Harrison has announced that its business partner on the scheme, Sojourn Hotels, is looking to operate a boutique style hotel of 102 rooms in the Walmgate area of the city. If approved, the hotel would create 40 jobs.

Both schemes have been recommended for approval at York Council's planning committee tomorrow.

The proposed hotel would include a small restaurant and bar on the ground floor and would be located on the site of motorcycle clothing and accessory store, Infinity.

The store is relocating to nearby Piccadilly where it plans to reopen in March.

Chris Hale, of York-based S Harrison Developments, said: "This scheme offers so much to the city. As a high quality operator Sojourn Hotels will increase choice for visitors, and the location, within walking distance of city attractions, will boost the economy.

"We expect parents of students at the new student halls of residence, and visitors to NCEM events, to be amongst those to take advantage of the new hotel, if it receives council approval this week.

"The design, in what is a conservation area, is good and we are delighted that retailer Infinity is relocating nearby and will continue to thrive."

The Nestle scheme would see the southern half of the site developed to see some of the existing buildings converted into 46 two-bedroom flats, along with accommodation for 100 students.

More than 160 two, three and four-bedroom homes would also be built as well as a 55-bedroom care facility for the elderly.

Additionally, almost 108,000 sq ft of office space and more than 10,000 sq ft of retail space could be created.

If planning permission is granted, Nestle will be look to find a developer to buy the land and take on the scheme.

Nestle manufactures favourites including Aeros, Polos and Kit Kats in York and has invested more than £30m in facilities in the city in recent years.


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