Plans to demolish Chesterfield pub to be resubmitted

The Wheatsheaf, Newbold Road.
The Wheatsheaf, Newbold Road.

Controversial plans to transform a Chesterfield pub into a food shop are to be resubmitted.

Chesterfield Borough Council’s planning committee was expected to refuse the proposals to demolish The Wheatsheaf in Newbold Road to make way for a Co-operative food store during a meeting on Monday.

However, the plans were withdrawn and another application will now be resubmitted.

A borough council spokesman said: “It was not a requirement for it to be resubmitted but the application had been recommended for refusal by officers so, by mutual consent, the decision was taken to withdraw and allow talks to take place before it is resubmitted.”

The original plans promised to create 20 new jobs.

However, a report which was due to be considered by councillors on Monday stated: “The application site occupies a prominent corner position, adjacent to the Newbold Conservation Area and listed buildings.

“The design, siting and form of the proposed building fails to respond to the character of the site and would present an incongruous feature that would fail to preserve or enhance the setting of a heritage asset.

“Therefore, it is recommended that the application be refused.”

In an objection letter to the borough council, one resident said he was concerned that a historic stone plaque may be under threat because of the proposed demolition.

The plaque was installed in the pub’s lounge to commemorate Newbold’s first school which was built in 1785, according to the resident.

And as already reported by the Derbyshire Times, other residents questioned the need for a food shop in the area when other convenience stores are nearby.

Last year, the Co-operative signed an agreement to develop 54 pub sites from the Marston’s public house portfolio owned by NewRiver Retail.

A spokesman for NewRiver Retail, which submitted the original proposals to the borough council, said: “The community food store will result in a number of benefits for Newbold and the local economy.

“There would be a high-quality new, small convenience store in a convenient, accessible and sustainable location and there would be the creation of up to 20 new jobs, likely to be attractive to residents of the area.”