Architects hired for Chesterfield masterplan

Chesterfield town centre.
Chesterfield town centre.

A masterplan which sets out the long-term vision for retail, commercial and residential growth in Chesterfield town centre is to be updated.

Chesterfield Borough Council has appointed a firm of architects to assess existing plans for the town centre, while protecting the area’s heritage including the Crooked Spire and the historic market place.

Chesterfield-based architects WCEC will work with property consultants Aspinall Verdi to update and review the Town Centre Masterplan, which was adopted in 2009.

Councillor John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader and executive member for regeneration, said: “Since the last masterplan was put in place in 2009, we have made real progress.

“This has included the redevelopment of the Market Hall, which reopened last year, the artwork in the Yards area and the Growth sculpture at Hornsbridge roundabout.

“We need to build on this by taking into account new opportunities, such as the University of Derby’s investment in the St Helena Centre, as well as challenges, such as the empty Co-op building and the impact of online shopping on town centres.”

Andrew Dabbs, director of WCEC, said: “We are privileged to have been appointed for this important role. There is much to be celebrated already in this historic market town and it will be our challenge to ensure that any proposal safeguards the future of the town, as well as the existing assets that make Chesterfield such a unique place to live and visit.” Ben Aspinall, director of Aspinall Verdi, added: “We are pleased to be working alongside Chesterfield Borough Council to develop a strategy for Chesterfield’s future regeneration plans.

“We aim to build on the excellent work to date and deliver a platform for future developments”

The updated masterplan will be in place in early December.