Jobs to be created as new supermarket to open in Chesterfield

Plans for a new supermarket in Chesterfield have been approved.

Tuesday, 31st October 2017, 4:30 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 6:37 pm

At a meeting of the planning committee at Chesterfield Borough Council on Monday, councillors gave the go-ahead for a new Lidl supermarket on Chatsworth Road, replacing its existing store on Foljambe Road, which will close.

The shop will open at the site of Perrys Motor Sales, which is moving to land opposite the Alma Leisure Park off Derby Road.

A spokesman for the planning agent, Lichfields, said: “This will be a multi-million pound investment into Chesterfield and provide a store with state-of-the-art facilities. The new store would create new jobs.”

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During the meeting concerns were raised from two objectors and councillors about the increase in traffic levels on Chatsworth Road, how Factory Street could be used as a ‘rat run’ and the need for a cycle path to serve the site.

But it was suggested the extra traffic on Chatsworth Road would not be that significant.

Councillor Peter Barr said: “I am not convinced the odd car coming out of Lidl onto Chatsworth Road is going to make it that much worse.

“I think it is just a red herring talking about congestion on Chatsworth Road.”

There would be two main access points to the site, via Chatsworth Road and Factory Street.

The store will have 143 car parking spaces.

Lidl held a public consultation event in the town in February this year.

Councillors voted in favour of the development subject to a cycle route serving the site being installed.