Vision for the town’s future

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: New Homes, such as these on Chatsworth Road, will form part of the 20-year plan for the borough.
HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: New Homes, such as these on Chatsworth Road, will form part of the 20-year plan for the borough.

HOUSING developments, office blocks and out-of-town business parks... what do you want to see at the end of your road in 2031?

Council chiefs have revealed their vision for the future of Chesterfield – and are giving residents a chance to have a say on the plans.

RESTORATION: Chesterfield Borough Core Strategy includes plans to see Chesterfield Canal coming back into use.

RESTORATION: Chesterfield Borough Core Strategy includes plans to see Chesterfield Canal coming back into use.

The document highlights development across the borough over the next 20 years.

At least 7,600 new homes must be built, industrial land regenerated, cycle routes improved, cultural and food-based entertainment boosted and the area around All Saints Church and the Pomegranate Theatre transformed to attract bigger shows and events.

Mike Hayden, Chesterfield Borough Council’s head of planning, said: “It is important that people have their say as this is their community, their future and their children’s future.”

He added: “It’s very exciting time. I think it’s been said before that all the signs show Chesterfield is doing very well.

ARTISTS IMPRESSION: Chesterfield Waterside development is a major site fundamental to the regeneration of Chesterfield.

ARTISTS IMPRESSION: Chesterfield Waterside development is a major site fundamental to the regeneration of Chesterfield.

“In difficult economic circumstances Chesterfield continues to remain buoyant.

“There are few empty shops in the town and we are not seeing the signs of decline that other areas are seeing.”

Major developments such as Chesterfield Waterside regeneration and the Northern Gateway site are included in the document.

Mr Hayden said: “These developments will take around ten years to complete but we are also looking at other areas such as the Staveley Corridor which is a major site for a mix of housing and employment, in Chesterfield.”

Plans also include expanding and regenerating Mastin Moor, Barrow Hill, Duckmanton and Poolsbrook, improving bus services, enhancing air quality across the borough, protecting green spaces and giving priority to Chesterfield Canal restoration.

A consultation, to have a say on the plans is being launched tomorrow. The deadline for responses is March 23.

The document will then be sent to the Secretary of State before being officially adopted, as a legal planning document, in 2013.

Drop-in sessions, to speak to planning officers, will take place on Wednesday, February 22 and Friday, February 24 at Chesterfield Town Hall and at Staveley Healthy Living Centre on Thursday, February 23.

For more details go to www.chesterfield.gov.uk/corestrategy

julia.rodgerson

@derbyshiretimes.co.uk