For sale signs up at ground

Saltergate
Saltergate

CHESTERFIELD FC’s old ground has gone up for sale.

The club and GB Development Solutions – which built the £13m B2net Stadium – submitted a masterplan to create up to 68 homes at the old Recreation Ground, on Saltergate, in March.

The bid received outline planning permission earlier this year and now the applicants are looking to sell the site to a housing developer which would build the homes.

‘For sale’ boards have gone up at the old ground, which opened in 1871 and was in use until the club’s relocation to the B2net Stadium, on Whittington Moor, last July.

Debbie Staveley, from GB Development Solutions, said: “We’re not a housing developer so our bit was to ready the site and get planning permission and now to find someone who can build the homes.

“We’re expecting bids in by the end of the month with a view to appointing a developer by the end of November.

“We expect the developer to either go along with our planning permission or to submit their own,” she added.

Chesterfield FC confirmed that the site has gone up for sale.

Alan Walters, the club’s finance director, said: “It’s always been the plan that following the football club’s relocation to the B2net Stadium the site would be put up for sale.

“Together with GB Development Solutions, first it was first necessary to obtain planning approval for development of the site.

“This was done so any future developer would have a better understanding of the likely costs of any future development and also help to shape the value of the land for sale,” he added.

The four-and-a-half acre site is up for sale with Staffordshire-based estate agent Hawksmoor for an unknown price.

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