Blues in stadium site deal

Chesterfield FC bosses have struck a landmark deal with council chiefs and a construction giant to build a new stadium on a former glassware site.

Chesterfield FC bosses have struck a landmark deal with council chiefs and a construction giant to build a new stadium on a former glassware site.

A move to the derelict Dema land on Sheffield Road has been given the thumbs-up by Chesterfield Borough Council – ending a long-standing row between the two parties to find a future home for the club.

Developers Alfred McAlpine have also stepped in to press ahead with the plans which could see the Spireites in the planned 10,000-capacity ground by 2006.

Authority chiefs agreed the move in principle but the finer details must still be rubber-stamped by planners, with an application expected to be heard by August.

Barrie Hubbard, club chairman, said: "We are delighted with the support from the council as it is the first time ever we've both agreed on the location of a new stadium.

"This plan signals a new future for the club and the town. We're excited to be taking significant steps on the project."

The historic relocation will take the Blues away from Saltergate – their home since 1871 – and means an earlier, troubled bid to site a new stadium at Wheeldon Mill can now be scrapped.

It also spells a fresh start for the 45-acre industrial site – sandwiched between the A61 and Sheffield Road – whose future has hung in the balance since the factory, along with 500 jobs, was axed in 2001.

A spokesman for Alfred McAlpine – which has being involved in building new stadia for Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic – said efforts had been concentrated on securing the site and only now will they begin to draw up plans for the ground, including ways to tackle the increased volume of traffic.

He added: "Alfred McAlpine is experienced in working in confined, town centre spaces and we will be looking at how to minimise the impact of traffic to the site."