CHESTERFIELD could become one of the country’s shopping hotspots – if a new £50m investment, exclusively revealed to the Derbyshire Times, gets the go-ahead.
Plans for the Northern Gateway development, which would see the Donut roundabout transformed into a hotel, cinema, bars, restaurant, a supermarket, shops and homes, are officially being launched this week.
The ambitious scheme, which will also include underground car parking and a public leisure space, would see the town move in to the top 100 shopping centres in the UK.
John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “The Northern Gateway is going to be one of the biggest developments we’ve had in Chesterfield for many years.”
“It is a scheme that is deliverable and not pie in the sky wish list stuff and just to bust an early myth, we will be retaining a similar level of car parking on the site.
“Chesterfield is on the up.”
A public consultation is officially launched today to give residents a chance to have a say on the plans.
David Ward, planning director for Wilson Bowden Developments which is leading the development, said: “We’re keen to work with residents in Chesterfield to make sure we deliver a quality development that takes account of their views and meets requirements of the council’s plans for the area.”
If planning permission is granted, work is set to start late next year and could be completed by 2015.
Cllr Burrows added: “Both the construction phase and retail delivery will provide new and sustainable job opportunities in their dozens. Approximately 1,000 jobs in total.
“We will do all that is possible to ensure many of these jobs impact on the challenging youth unemployment figures in Chesterfield.”
The Northern Gateway public exhibition will take place in Unit 9 of the Pavements Shopping Centre (formerly Thomson travel agents) today (Thursday) from noon to 4pm, tomorrow from 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.