Consent granted for scheme next to former Rowntree factory

Latimer has been granted planning consent for a 302-home mixed-tenure scheme next to the former Rowntree confectionery factory in York.

The development arm of 125,000-home housing association giant Clarion was last Thursday given the green light for the Cocoa West scheme, which has a gross development value of £98m.

cocoa works 2

Latimer’s Cocoa Works scheme in York

More than a third of the homes, 36%, will be for affordable either for social rent or shared ownership.

The scheme, designed by JTP architects, will deliver 53 one-bedroom homes, 103 two-bedroom, 101 one-bedroom and 45 four-bedroom homes. The project consists of two six-storey apartment blocks along with houses of two or three storeys. There will also be 8,600 square metres of outdoor space and what Clarion describes as ‘low emission and future-proofed homes set within attractive landscaping.”

Work on the 11-acre brownfield site is expected to begin in early 2022, with the first residents due to move into their new homes in the summer of 2023.

Richard Cook, group director of development at Clarion Housing Group said: “Our plans include the delivery of more than 300 much-needed new homes designed to meet the needs of people at different life stages alongside green open spaces, a children’s play area and crèche facilities to support working families.”

The Cocoa West scheme is adjacent to Latimer’s Cocoa Works scheme on the site of the previously derelict Rowntree factory site. Work is underway on the Cocoa Works scheme which will deliver 272 homes.

See also>> Clarion posts 27% fall in surplus due to pause in stock sales

Clarion has a current development pipeline of 22,456 homes and in September was allocated £249.7m to deliver 4,770 new homes across England as a strategic partner with Homes England.

It completed 892 new homes in the first six months of 2021/211 up from 860 the previous year.

See also>> Housing association accounts 2020/21 coverage: all in one place