Second only to the Olympic Park - Chesterfield’s regeneration

sp92445'A61 Corridor, Tesco and Casa, Chesterfield, former Dema Glass site
sp92445'A61 Corridor, Tesco and Casa, Chesterfield, former Dema Glass site

ONE is a world-class transformation – with titanic amounts of investment – to be seen by billions during the ultimate athletic event.

The second is a collaboration of regeneration projects, where the borough council works with developers, making a difference in the market town of Chesterfield.

People may ask why the Olympic Park and Legacy Transformation was even in the same category as the A61/River Rother Corridor – which includes Chesterfield Waterside, the B2net Stadium, Tesco Extra superstore, Casa Hotel plus new BMW and Mini showrooms.

But the simple fact is the two, seemingly so far apart, respectively clinched gold and silver among tough competition in the nationally recognised 2011 Regeneration and Renewal Awards.

John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council which received the highly commended award, said: “For our £330m schemes to be silver against a massive £3 billion project is an amazing result.

“It demonstrates Chesterfield is on the up and that will be proved even further in the coming months and years.

“We’ve got great plans for the town – I’m very confident about the future.

“The refurbishment of the market hall will probably get some sort of award, look at the Northern Gateway, which is in its infancy, but the amount of interest from major developers is very positive.

“In the next three to four years you will see some changes that will bring Chesterfield into the 21st century.”

Thanks have been given to the hard work of Chesterfield council officers, partners and developers for the success in the strategic planning award – which highlights not just great plans, but how they are delivered.

Council regeneration head Mike Hayden said: “This award is about how you take a plan from vision to reality and that’s the main thing the judges were very impressed with.

“We’ve not just created an exciting proposal for Chesterfield.

“It’s a significant achievement that Chesterfield has developed regeneration during the worst recession for a generation.”

Destination Chesterfield launched to promote the town last year.

Chairman Peter Swallow said: “This is a great result for Chesterfield and reflects our ambition and passion to make it a modern, contemporary destination that attracts investment, employment, tourism and is ultimately a great place to live.”

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By Ellen Beardmore