Landmark Chesterfield town centre building to be turned into flats

An ‘important’ Chesterfield town centre building will be turned into flats and a shop after plans were given the green light.

Friday, 13th November 2020, 12:30 pm

Developers have been given permission to convert the vacant first, second and third floors of the building, at the junction of High Street and Packers Row, which was built in the 1890s and is currently empty.

The Tamcourt Group will create eight separate dwellings, including one-bedroom studios, one and two-bedroom apartments and a third-floor extension on the existing flat roof section of the building to allow space for two one-bedroom apartments.

The ground floor of the Tudor-style building will remain as an active shop – although developers say it could be split into two smaller units.

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This prominent building on High Street in Chesterfield is to be turned into flats.

Previously, ‘Inside Out’, a picture and furniture shop, and before that a Greggs café and takeaway, occupied the ground floor.

Recommending the plans be given approval, planning case officer Lauren Dempsey said the proposed development ‘would successfully integrate with existing businesses’ in the town centre.

Her report described it is ‘an attractive building which is prominent in the street scene’.

"The proposed external works, bronze panelling and window treatment will enhance an important building within the historic town centre Conservation Area and ensure its repair and durability over the longer term,” she said.

"The security measures and enhancement of the Sowters Row elevation will improve the quality and security of this public right of way footpath for both future occupiers and visitors to the town centre.”

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, told planners she had no major objections to the proposal but raised concern that three of the studios were too small and below the minimum size usually recommended.

Chesterfield and District Civic Society also backed the proposal.

Chairman Philip Riden said: “We strongly support the proposal to restore the ground floor of the building to retail use, and the creation of studio and one-bedroom flats above.

"This will increase the supply of reasonably priced accommodation in the town centre and bring another building back into residential use, a policy which we consider highly desirable.”

The site formed part of the Shambles development of the late 12th Century, built when the present market place was laid out.

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