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WORK is about to start on a controversial retirement complex in York after its developers won a second planning appeal after a five-year battle.

Henry Boot and McCarthy Stone can now build their 72-home Retirement Living Plus complex on the Chocolate Works site on Bishopthorpe Road.

The pair struck a deal in 2019 to build the scheme but faced a refusal in 2022 from City of York Council, which was lost at appeal several months later.

However, revised plans submitted a year ago, were refused last July, but won at appeal in March this year.

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