Homes plan for old Spireites’ stadium approved


INITIAL plans to demolish Chesterfield FC’s old stadium and build new homes there have got the green light.

Outline proposals for the old Recreation Ground were unanimously approved on Tuesday subject to conditions being agreed at a further meeting of Chesterfield Borough Council planners.

The club and GB Development Solutions – which built the new £13m B2net Stadium – submitted the masterplan to create up to 68 homes at the historic site on St Margaret’s Drive.

Planning documents show it was previously recommended for refusal because of concerns over proposed access.

Cllr Stuart Brittain, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said afterwards that a Highways Authority objection was withdrawn days before the meeting and further detail provided.

“Clearly it is important this site benefits the town”, he added.

Opposition to the plans was made by residents over car parking so close to the town centre, additional traffic fears and access.

The application approved was an outline bid with all matters, apart from access, reserved for future consideration.

A spokesman for GB Development Solutions said: “Full consent will be applied for in the next three months but it is unlikely work will start before the end of the year.”

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