Waterside Development

This is the A61 corridor from the former Trebor factory near the railway station going north taking in the old Laver wood yard as far as the old Tesco.

An imaginative scheme has been drawn upwith a new canal basin at the town end surrounded by shops, housing and businesses. The existing canal will be extended from Tapton to the new basin using the River Rother. 

Part of the development will be a new pedestrian and cycle access from the canal basin to the railway station.

Waterside Aerial View

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October 2009 - planning application lodged news item from CBC website below;

An outline planning application has been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council for the ground-breaking Chesterfield Waterside Project. The application is the largest ever submitted in Chesterfield and is the result of 5 years of preparation work by the Chesterfield Waterside Partnership, a joint venture between the Council, and Urbo, the specialist regeneration company controlled by Chesterfield based Bolsterstone PLC and Arnold Laver Group.
The eagerly awaited proposals incorporate a master plan prepared by international designers Edaw/Aecom to develop a completely new 25ha urban village adjacent to the A61 on the edge of Chesterfield town centre, incorporating the former Trebor factory site, and benefiting from close proximity to the mainline railway station and major road networks.
The plans include 1,550 residential dwellings (houses and apartments), 2,200 sq m of retail and leisure space and 30,350 sq m of office accommodation. In addition, the project will provide two hotels, a doctor’s surgery, a crèche, a health and fitness facility, a nursing home and two six-level multi-storey car parks. These facilities will be incorporated into six distinctly branded areas contributing to the vision of a vibrant new community.
It is estimated that the scheme will generate some 2,000 jobs, being a significant economic driver for Chesterfield and the region and also contributing to the tourism offer associated with Chesterfield and the Peak District. The focal point for Chesterfield Waterside will be the recently completed Canal Basin and a large new public square. This high quality space sits alongside waterways which will be restored as part of the development, forming a green corridor with extensive public open spaces and an Eco Park which equates to approximately a third of the overall site area.

The submission of the application follows three years detailed consultation with Chesterfield Borough Council planning department and statutory consultees such as Derbyshire County Council, the Environment Agency and other stakeholders. The initial proposals for the site have also been the subject of detailed public consultation which culminated in a 3 day exhibition in the Town Centre attended by over 1200 people. The development delivery period for the scheme is likely to be 10 to 15 years.
Peter Swallow, Chairman of the Chesterfield Waterside Partnership commented, “Chesterfield Waterside is an important development for both Chesterfield and the region creating a new destination and a reason to visit the area as well as boost the regional economy. The success of the Partnership is evidenced by the fact that the scheme has continued to progress on programme in what is a difficult financial climate.”
Urbo Regeneration was advised by How Planning on the planning application. The Partnership has also worked closely with the Chesterfield Canal Trust which supports the plans within the project to open up the waterways for navigation and create a terminus for river boats and canal barges. The Canal Basin has already benefited from an EMDA grant of £860,000 from its Waterside Regeneration Fund.

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As a first step the basin area has been built at the Chesterfield end







The first housing development on this site has been started on the old Arnold Laver DIY store site (Aug 14).

January 2017 - site prep work is taking place around the new canal basin and a sound reducing 'bund' has been built along the site next to the A61. The Campaign is concerned that piecemeal development will preclude startegic building of the traffic free extension to the Trans Pennine Trail.