In 2017, Chesterfield company Robinson PLC and Hathersage developers Blue Deer Ltd were given planning permission to transform the old Walton Works site and vacant land to the south of it.
A number of people have contacted the Derbyshire Times recently wanting to know what was happening with the proposals.
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Guy Robinson, finance director and company secretary for Robinson PLC, this week confirmed that the development was still ongoing and that much work was continuing to take place behind the scenes.
“We are continuing to jump over all the hoops and hurdles,” he said, adding that he would keep the Derbyshire Times informed of the latest.
The plans promise to restore and convert the Grade II-listed Walton Works building – formerly the Robinson healthcare factory – into ground-floor retail units and offices with 26 apartments above. A separate nearby block would consist of 11 more properties.
The Walton Works building – which had been vacant for nearly 20 years – is in a poor state and is on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register.
Chesterfield Borough Council also granted outline planning permission for almost 400 additional homes and apartments, two retail units, a pub and parking facilities on the rest of the sprawling site off Chatsworth Road, which also takes in the vacant Goyt Side Mill and Boythorpe industrial estate.
A previous planning application to redevelop Walton Works was submitted to the borough council by another firm in 2012. However, this was disposed of by the authority last September due to a lack of progress.