The regeneration of the Dema Glass Site, as part of the wider regeneration of the A61 corridor, received was 'Highly Commended' in the 2011 Regeneration and Renewal Awards, losing out only to the Olympic Park Authority in the category for 'Strategic Planning'. The site on its own was also shortlisted for the ‘Best Mixed-Use Regeneration Scheme’ category.
Once a derelict former glassworks, the regeneration of this site has now delivered a modern and exciting mixed-use development including:
The new B2net Stadium for Chesterfield Football Club (opened July 2010)
A 12,700 square metre Tesco Superstore, (opened November 2009)
A KFC drive-thru restaurant and Enterprise Car Rental
Planning Permission for a new Aldi Supermarket
Potential for a future park and ride service to operate from the stadium car park
As part of the planning permission, the developers were required to fund extensive remodelling of the highway and junctions, as well as a CCTV system (integrated with the council’s system) to help with crowd control on match days. The planning permission also requires that the club maintain a detailed match-day travel plan, which sets out the traffic control measures that will be put in place for different categories of match in order to minimise any disruption. The match-day travel plan is to be monitored by a group including the borough and county councils, the police, football club and local residents, in order to highlight and tackle any parking problems.
A61 Planning Brief
The site was purchased by developers Wilson Bowden Developments, who cleared and decontaminated the site ready for development. Regular meetings occurred between Wilson Bowden and the Borough Council Planning team to develop the proposals for the site. The relocation of the Tesco store to the site from its previous site at Meltham Lane (which had become too small for any further expansion) allowed for the provision of the land for the stadium at no cost to the football club.
The designs for the scheme went on display at a public exhibition in late February 2008 before a planning application and accompanying environmental assessment was submitted in April 2008. This planning application was considered at a special meeting of the council's Planning Committee on 1st July 2008 at The Winding Wheel, attended by about 300 members of the public. The committee resolved to approve the scheme subject to conditions and a Section 106 legal agreement covering traffic and transport improvements, public art, CCTV, provision of the stadium land, removal of the retail consent from the existing Tesco store and the future operation of a Park and Ride scheme from the site.
Now that the new Tesco store is open, use of the old store has ceased and the council and landowners will be considering the future of this site in the light of regeneration proposals for the remainder of the A61 corridor and the Chesterfield Waterside scheme.
Page updated November 2011