Plans for redevelopment of former Terry's chocolate factory approved

ONE of the biggest and most economically vital developments York has ever seen is finally about to become a reality. The city's political leaders have given the green light for a massive £165 million scheme to transform the former Terry's factory in Bishopthorpe Road into homes for hundreds of people, two hotels, shops, bars and restaurants, creating more than 2,700 jobs. Developers Grantside are today celebrating winning planning permission, which was secured at a four-and-a-half hour City of York Council planning meeting last night – 18 months after the company's original scheme was controversially rejected.

THE man behind the Terry's redevelopment has spoken of his jubilation and gratitude after his £165 million plans won the backing of York's councillors. Steve Davis, managing partner of Grantside, said: "I am absolutely delighted with the result. There was a lot of support for the scheme following the extensive public consultation, but we never take anything for granted. There has been a lot of hard work to reach this point, and it could not have happened without the input of the public, co-operation of council officers and our own consultant team. I would like to thank everyone concerned and look forward to moving the project forward to deliver the vision that has been approved."

Planning officers had said the development was "one of the largest and most important regeneration opportunities in the city of York in recent years". They said the 10.86-hectare site was "a unique opportunity to provide a prestige, employment-led, mixed-use development with the potential to be of considerable significance to the future success of York's economy".

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