A town planning inspector will make a decision on a retirement home on greenbelt land near the former site of the Terry factory in York


Pension company McCarthy and Stone and developers Henry Boot want to see the land, mainly a surface car park, on Bishopthorpe Road turned into 70 flats and a car park.

Plans were submitted at the end of 2020, but the council has not made a decision and the developers say the authority is “unable to provide a clear timeline for demand to be determined”.

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The land, opposite the former site of Terry’s chocolate factory, is within the green belt but is earmarked for housing in the New York Local Plan, according to a case statement from the developer.

An artist’s impression of what the site might look like

The statement outlines the reasons why the developers believe the program should go ahead.

He says: “First and most obvious is the dire need for additional specialist retirement accommodation for older people in York. The Appellant’s scheme will have an entry age requirement of 70 and in reality most residents will be much older, the average entry being 83.

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Micklegate Ward Councilor Jonny Crawshaw raised residents’ concerns about the additional pressure the development could put on medical surgeries and transport links.

Vale of York’s Clinical Commissioning Group also said it was concerned about increasing GP wait times and asked for a £72,000 contribution to mitigate the impacts of the development.

The developers say most residents will come from the surrounding area and will therefore already be using local NHS services.

They add: ‘The NHS have shown no clear evidence to support their case that local GP surgeries lack the capacity to cope with our new occupants.’

A government planning inspector will investigate the matter on Tuesday, April 26.

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