STAVELEY: Plans move on for historic site

NDET 8-1-13 RKH 5 Dean Mayfield looks over the Staveley works site plans.
NDET 8-1-13 RKH 5 Dean Mayfield looks over the Staveley works site plans.

Work to regenerate one of north Derbyshire’s most historic factory sites is moving forward - after the area’s last remaining industry closed its doors for good.

Staveley’s chemical works plant closed last month, marking the end of an industrial era in the town.

Now town leaders are asking residents to have their say on how the 200-hectare industrial corridor along Chesterfield canal will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years.

Once one of the sites at the heart of the industrial revolution in north east Derbyshire, future plans for the land include a new marina with businesses, shops, 2,000 homes a new park, primary school and link road. Other plans include a supermarket, drive-through restaurant or petrol station.

Staveley town councillors discussed the plans at their last meeting which could include former owners of the site, St Gobain restoring the area’s lagoon and opencasting coal.

On Monday and Tuesday a drop-in session took place at the town’s Healthy Living Centre to give residents a chance to comment on the proposals.

Chesterfield Borough Council leader John Burrows said: “We need to hear people’s views on these plans, in particular what aspects people like and what parts could be improved.

“This feedback will then be used to help us to prepare a final plan that will shape the future of this important site to the benefit of the borough.”

A spokesman for the borough council said so far the drop-in sessions had been popular.

A lot of residents have been to see the displays and had been asking questions.

They also seemed interested in the plans and positive about the redevelopment of the site.

He added 50 people had attended the drop-in sessions this week.

The consultation runs until

February 8.

To view the plans go to the

council’s website at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/SitesandBoundaries and www.chesterfield.gov.uk/StaveleyAAP

The details are also available to view at the Town Hall and in all the libraries in the borough.