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City unveils plan for Nestle site
Nestle factory in York
The redevelopment plan covers about 40% of the site
A blueprint for the future of York's Nestle chocolate factory has been unveiled by the city council.

The Swiss firm said in September that it planned to sell part of the Haxby Road site and switch some production abroad, with the loss of 645 jobs.

A draft plan covering an eight-hectare section of the site, including the original chocolate factory buildings, has been drawn up for developers.

It includes a mix of housing and small business premises.

If councillors approve the ideas at a meeting next week, residents will be asked for their views on the proposals in February and March.

Employment demand

Nestle has said that in order to remain in York, major investment was needed to upgrade the more modern part of the site to the north, allowing redevelopment on the older, southern part of the site closest to the city centre.

A council spokesman said: "The factory site has played a key role in providing employment in York and the city development team has suggested that this should continue.

"The draft brief specifies that any future development of the site should help to meet current and future demand for employment."

He said the site could be used by a range of businesses, including creative and digital industries, manufacturing, artists' workplaces and accommodation for start-up companies.

"There will also be opportunities to provide housing for families and single households, including those living locally who are in unsuitable accommodation and who cannot afford to buy or rent," the spokesman added.

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