This is what could be built on the 'landmark' Chesterfield Hotel site
The ‘landmark’ Chesterfield Hotel site could be turned into offices under new proposals pitched to planning chiefs.
Chesterfield Borough Council has already agreed to flatten the Malkin Street building after approval was given for its demolition at the end of last year.
Now architects Whittam Cox Architects, acting as agents for the council and the hotel’s owners Prestige Hotels (Midlands) Limited, have submitted plans to transform the site into offices.
Councillor Tricia Gilby, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Chesterfield Hotel is a landmark building and a venue that holds very happy memories for many of us.
“Sadly, the costs to refurbish and bring the building back into productive use have proven beyond the means of the many investors and developers that have had a look at it.
“I can therefore confirm that Whittam Cox Associates has recently applied for outline planning permission, on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council and Prestige Hotels (Midlands) Limited, to build offices on the site.
“This is a first step of many that the council plans to make with our partners to re-vitalise the Chesterfield station area, which is one of our long-term regeneration priorities.”
Initial plans have already been drawn up to transform the Chesterfield railway station area into a gateway to the town, which is connected to the high speed rail route HS2 and its spur into the town.
Coun Gilby added: “The council is currently in the process of finalising the HS2 Chesterfield Station Masterplan, which will be available later this year for public scrutiny and comment.”
The Chesterfield Hotel, formerly the Station Hotel, opened in 1877 and closed in 2015.
It was due to go under the hammer in an online auction towards the end of 2018, but was withdrawn before the sale.
The venue was being marketed as a former 73-bedroom hotel with ‘extensive function and leisure facilities’, including a swimming pool and gym, large car park and ‘development potential’, with a guide price of £1.25 million.