Rugby site’s homes

sp92127 Chesterfield Panthers Ground, Stonegravels.
sp92127 Chesterfield Panthers Ground, Stonegravels.

DEVELOPERS have been given the green light to build over 100 houses on the site of Chesterfield Panthers’ rugby club.

Work can now get underway on the 127-dwelling development on the Stonegravels site, meaning funding is guaranteed for the club’s move to a new site already being built at Dunston.

Planning committee members at Chesterfield Borough Council voted unanimously to approve the Miller Homes housing development, following an extensive public consultation last September.

Speaking at Monday’s meeting, Graham Bell, chair of the rugby club’s relocation committee, said: “If planning is not granted there will be no relocation and the chance to develop a first class sporting facility for the people of Chesterfield will be lost.”

Cllr Terry Gilby, the council’s executive member for planning, added: “I support this. It has been a long running saga and we have kept seeing problems with potential sites and they have fallen through for one reason or another.

“I do think it’s a good scheme, a well placed scheme, and it will improve the frontage of Sheffield Road. I don’t think even the rugby club will say the existing club house is attractive.”

Concerns were raised at the meeting over noise from the adjacent bus depot, which is used for cleaning vehicles until 1.30am.

But Helen Dawkins, senior planning manager at Miller Homes said the noise on site had been tested and would not pose a problem for potential residents.

Work will now begin on part of the site, leaving a pitch free for use by the rugby club to ensure their play is not disrupted during their current season.

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