Staveley Town Deal projects

Staveley Town Deal projects

These are the projects that will be funded through the Staveley Town Deal.

Business cases were submitted to the Government and funding was confirmed at the end of March 2022.

Work will now begin to plan the delivery of these projects - ensuring they can be completed by March 2026.

Find out more about each of the projects that will receive funding below. 

Derbyshire Rail Industry Innovation Vehicle (DRIIVe)

Project sponsor: Chesterfield Borough Council

DRIIVe is a modern rail innovation and training centre that will be located
next to Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

DRIIVe will provide 1,423 square metres of floor space consisting of classroom and workshop training areas, specialist research and development facilities including a digital laboratory, and commercial offices.

The centre will support a network of speciality training providers - offering rail-related education from level 2 through to postgraduate training and research.

Becoming a prominent location for rail technology, DRIIVe will also serve as a base for rail-related supply chain businesses which will have access to the very latest research and innovation.

Early development and design costs were funded through the Staveley Town Deal Accelerator Fund.

This project will be led by Chesterfield Borough Council and delivered in partnership with Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society, the University of Derby, Chesterfield College and New Rail (part of Newcastle University).

It will create more than 1,400 square metres of new training, research, commercial office and workshop space and more than 20 full time jobs. By year five DRIIVe aims to support around 270 trainees, supporting local people to access highly skilled careers in the rail industry.


Restoration of Chesterfield Canal

Project sponsor: Chesterfield Canal Trust

Chesterfield Canal Trust is restoring a stretch of the historic Chesterfield Canal by extending it from the existing limit at Eckington Road.

Works include the reconstruction of 850m of canal channel, two new bridges, a new lock and over 3 kilometres of footpath improvements along the towpath - enhancing the connection of routes to existing networks, including the Trans Pennine Trail. It complements other work which the Trust is carrying out in Renishaw and at other areas along the canal. 

As well as improving outdoor space and creating new leisure infrastructure, it is expected that the restoration project will lead to a 20% increase in visitors to the Staveley area boosting the amount of money spent in the local economy. 

You can find out more about the restoration of the Chesterfield Canal on the Chesterfield Canal Trust website.


Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club Academy

Project sponsor: Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club

Staveley Minors Welfare Football Club Artist Impression

Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club is creating a new education facility where young people will have the opportunity to gain qualifications in sport and related subjects.

A dedicated classroom space will be built above the existing club house, which will also provide training areas for volunteer-based education and training courses, such as refereeing qualifications.

In addition, the club will make improvements to the car park near to the Chantry Playing Fields which will improve access for their youth teams, and for users of Poolsbrook Country Park and the Trans Pennine Trail.

The club has also made use of the Town Deal Accelerator Fund to improve the drainage system on the Chantry Playing Fields, meaning that the football pitches can be used by their youth teams throughout the year.


Construction Skills Hub

Project sponsor: Chesterfield Borough Council 

The Construction Skills Hub will enhance the existing construction training offer by providing the opportunity for local learners to develop their skills in a live on-site centre.

Acting as a catalyst for construction related training and employment, the Hub will initially be situated at the Devonshire Group’s Mastin Moor site which has planning permission for 650 homes, a care facility, local centre and extensive parkland.

Initially the hub will be developed with a training provider and construction sector businesses to ensure people can develop the skills they need for a successful career and be ready to embrace the future by learning about modern and sustainable construction methods.

Over ten years, the Hub aims to provide careers insights, training and work experience for over 5,000 learners.

Barrow Hill Memorial Hall

Project sponsor: Barrow Hill Community Trust

Barrow Hill Memorial Hall Artists Impression

Barrow Hill Community Trust is the community development charity for the village of Barrow Hill and surrounding neighbourhoods. 

It is leading on the refurbishment of Barrow Hill Memorial Hall to create a modern community hub where residents can access support services and socialise together. The project will also create 15 new full-time jobs. 

You can find out more about the refurbishment of Barrow Hill Memorial Hall on the Barrow Hill Community Trust website.


Staveley 21

Project sponsor: Chesterfield Borough Council

Staveley 21 is a significant regeneration and revitalisation project in Staveley town centre.

It is based around the masterplan developed in 2021. It aims to make Staveley town centre a more attractive place with better connectivity that will boost business confidence and create an improved leisure and retail offer for residents and visitors.

The plans include improvements to the marketplace, a new lighting scheme, additional tree planting, a better connection to the canal, free Wi-Fi connectivity across the town and enhancement to the public realm.

There will also be shop front grants that local retailers can access to make improvements to their business premises.

It builds on improvements already made thanks to the Town Deal Accelerator Fund, some of which was used to upgrade CCTV across the town centre.

Staveley Railway Station

Project sponsor: Derbyshire County Council

This project aims to reinstate a railway station in Barrow Hill and create better public transport connections between Staveley, Chesterfield and Sheffield for jobs and training opportunities.

There will also be real time passenger information, a pedestrian crossing and electric vehicle charging points.

This project is subject to confirmation of funding from the Government to restore the Barrow Hill Line.

Creating a new public transport route should reduce both emissions and journey times for passengers to these destinations. It will also ensure that everyone in the Staveley area has better transport options to access jobs in neighbouring locations.


Wheels 2 Work 

Project sponsor: Derbyshire County Council

Wheels to Work is focused on ensuring everyone can access job and training opportunities by providing bicycles and e-scooters for those with limited transport options and no access to private vehicles.

There will also be real time passenger information and electric vehicle charge points.

This will make it easier for Staveley residents to access local job opportunities whilst also reducing the impact of transport emissions on local air quality.


Staveley Waterside

Project sponsor: Derbyshire County Council

Funding will be used to support the first phase of Staveley Waterside, a mixed-use development centred around the Staveley Canal Basin.

This phase will include the creation of an access road, pontoons to create moorings, a café and flexible space for small businesses.

This project should encourage more visitors to use the canal and will also create space for around ten new businesses.


Hartington Industrial Park

Project sponsor: Tawnywood Ltd

Hartington Industrial Park is a 20-hectare site that has outline planning permission for industrial and warehouse development which will create more local jobs near to the successful Markham Vale site.

The Town Deal funding will support the development of infrastructure and enabling works to bring forward the development.

This project will create around 70,000 square metres of new commercial floorspace and more than 1,000 new jobs for Staveley residents.

Last updated on 08 September 2023