Heritage bosses have their say on plans for Chesterfield Hotel
Civic chiefs have backed plans to demolish the Chesterfield Hotel building.
However, Chesterfield Civic Society said it would like to see a new hotel built at the Malkin Street site.
Last year, Chesterfield Borough Council approved proposals to demolish the former hotel.
Now, Whittam Cox Architects, acting as agents for the borough council and the building’s owners Prestige Hotels (Midlands) Limited, have submitted plans to transform the site into offices.
A spokesperson for Chesterfield Civic Society said the group ‘supports the demolition of the Chesterfield Hotel’.
The society believes that the hotel has ‘outlived its useful life and is an obstacle to the creation of a much-needed new approach to the railway station’.
But the spokesperson added: “The society is keen to promote the idea of using the site for a new hotel.
“It believes there is still a demand for good-quality catering close to a busy railway station, and for a limited amount of overnight accommodation.
“The site of the Chesterfield Hotel is ideally positioned, between the station and the town centre.
“The society also argues the case for including in such a scheme a small number of service flats (which Chesterfield currently lacks).
“These would appeal to people working in the area for a few weeks or months, who wanted a more comfortable base than a hotel room but not the commitment of renting an unfurnished flat.
“Residents could have meals at the hotel, providing a captive market for the restaurant and bar.”