Exciting new 'market house' part of £4.85m 'golden opportunity' to regenerate Staveley town centre

A new ‘market house’ to host large indoor and outdoor events forms part of £4.85m regeneration plans for Staveley town centre.

Tuesday, 26th October 2021, 12:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th October 2021, 3:25 pm

A draft proposal is to go before Chesterfield Borough Council’s Cabinet on November 2 and, if approved, residents will be asked to have their say during a six-week public consultation.

The Staveley Town Centre Draft Vision Master Plan aims to improve the ‘look, feel and flow’ of Market Square and High Street.

It has been brought forward to form part of the regeneration package being delivered under the Staveley Town Deal programme, which has created a ‘golden opportunity’ to breathe new life into the town.

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An artist's impression of the new ‘market house’ which forms part of £4.85m regeneration plans for Staveley town centre. Image: Chesterfield Borough Council.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said Staveley town centre has ‘a lot of untapped potential’.

“Taken together with the significant investment and regeneration which is planned for across this area, we have a golden opportunity to transform Staveley for generations to come,” she said.

Key proposals include:

*Regenerating Market Square, including proposals for a new building called ‘The Market House’ which would create a commercial and community hub, with potential to host large indoor and outdoor and outdoor events;

*Revitalising High Street, including plans to upgrade and improve landscaping, street furniture and cycle parking;

*Unlocking the development potential of underused or derelict sites;

*Installing town centre Wi-Fi;

*Improving signage and adding new walkways.

Coun Sarvent said: “Our draft vision master plan sets out a framework in which some key improvements can be brought forward and, if approved by Cabinet, we will continue to work closely with the community.

“Currently, like town centres up and down the country – particularly those which are relatively small – Staveley is being hit by the rise of online shopping and changing customer habits."

The plan has been put together after consultation with Staveley Town Council, businesses and other partners.

Just over £4.85m has been earmarked – with funding subject to final approval by Government early next year.

Coun Paul Mann, leader of Staveley Town Council, said the plans had been 12 years in the making.

"These are long-standing plans and we welcome them as an opportunity to turn Staveley around,” he said.

"The design is what we asked for and a good example of how councils working together can achieve things.”

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