Plans unveiled for caravan and motorhome shop in Chesterfield that could create 40 new jobs

A planning application, which could see a former engineering site in Chesterfield brought back into use, has been submitted.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:28 am

Future Properties and Kimberley Caravan Centre are seeking permission to transform the former Multiplex Engineering site on Holbeck Close, off Brimington Road, into a caravan and motorhome retail centre with associated offices.

The 1.6 hectare site once housed specialist marine valves and equipment, but has lain empty since January this year.

According to planning documents submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council, the proposed change would create 35 full-time jobs, as well as five part-time roles.

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The former Multiplex Engineering site could be turned into a caravan and motorhome retailer

Drawings submitted as part of the application show a large sales building, adjoined by offices and a workshop for the vehicles.

Agents DLP Planning, on behalf of the applicant, said: “This application proposes a change of use of the site from the sui generis use of industrial workshops, vehicle storage and ancillary offices/training rooms, to the display and sale of Caravans and Motorhomes with associated offices and staff facilities.

"The vehicles will be displayed both within the main building on the site (the northern building) and on the forecourt surrounding the building. Initially, this is to include approximately 50 touring caravans and 20-30 motor homes (new and pre-used), with the client envisaging that this will build up to full site use of approximately 150 caravan and motorhomes.

"This is anticipated to be the maximum capacity of the site during the summer months, and will reduce by 30-40 per cent over the winter.”

Planning documents show that the site would largely be sales storage space, where the caravans and motorhomes would be kept for viewing, along with staff and customer parking.

If approved, it would operate 8am to 6pm on weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Situated close to the new Waterside development, developers say there would be “no adverse impacts on neighbouring occupiers.”

"This site is sustainably located and provides and important opportunity to bring this semi-derelict, previously developed site back into productive use,” the documents say.

"The development will retain its purpose as an employment generating use, in line with the council's policy objectives for the site.

"It will bring environmental enhancements and provides recreational vehicles for people to take holidays."

View the plans in full on the Chesterfield Borough Council planning portal here.

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