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Development opportunity - garage site at Catherine Street

Development opportunity - garage site at Catherine Street


Catherine Street

Catherine Street garage site
S40 1BH

Closing date 12 noon Wednesday 17 October 2018


The site is approximately 0.6 acres (0.25 hectares) broadly level and rectangular in shape.

Accessed from either Bank Street or Chester Street, and bounded by Catherine Street at the rear, it is mainly fenced with an access ‘track’ providing vehicular/pedestrian access to Bank Street and Chester Street. The track through the site is subject to historic rights of way to businesses fronting Chatsworth Road.

The site is located in the Brampton area in a mixed commercial and residential area, in close proximity to Chesterfield Town Centre.

Currently used as a plot garage site for 46 garages; 42 of these are let and managed by the council’s housing service with 4 vacant plots. The tenancies can be terminated upon serving 1 month’s notice to quit at any time. We understand the garages' annual rent roll is £2,281.60 based on current rents set by Chesterfield Borough Council;  housing services is currently collecting £2,083.20 per annum

The council’s planning service has prepared a planning brief dated June 2018 (see below) and applicants are recommended to read this in full before submitting their bid. Within the brief, the council has promoted residential use up to 10 plots or commercial, subject to obtaining planning permission.

As part of the development, the developer will need to provide 8 car parking spaces for local residents displaced as a result of redevelopment of the site. This, together with any demolition, site clearance and treatment costs, should be taken into account when making a bid to the council.

Catherine Street - site plan PDF (PDF 83 KB)


The site is approximately 0.5 miles from Chesterfield Town Centre with good access to the A619 Chatsworth Road leading to Baslow and the Peak District to the West and Markham Road to the East leading to Queens Park, Ravenside Retail Park, and ultimately connecting with the A61 and A617 dual carriageways. The A617 links to Junction 29 of the M1 in the South and the A61, being the main arterial route through Chesterfield, leading to Sheffield in the North and Derby in the south. 

The site is accessed off Chester and Bank Street, off the one way section of Chatsworth Road in the Brampton area of town. Catherine Street is at the rear of the site. The surrounding area is a mix of mainly terraced housing and shops and businesses fronting Chatsworth Road, such as Peak Insurance, Zahid Restaurant, and opposite the Majestic Wine warehouse.

See this location on Google Street View.

Catherine Street Site Plan


Service plans are available below. However, interested parties are recommended to contact the statutory undertakers to satisfy themselves that services are available, suitable and of sufficient capacity for their proposed use.

Catherine Street - BT Openreach plan PNG (PNG 699 KB)
Catherine Street - electricity service plan PDF (PDF 214 KB)
Catherine Street - gas service plan PDF (PDF 118 KB)
Catherine Street - Severn Trent Water service plan PDF (PDF 121 KB)
Catherine Street - Virgin Media service plan PDF (PDF 169 KB)
Catherine Street - Yorkshire Water service plan PDF (PDF 359 KB)


We have been advised that the site is not rated.

For confirmation, please contact the council’s Business Rates team:

Chesterfield Borough Council
Customer Service Centre
PO Box 100
85 New Square
S40 1SN
Phone: 01246 345138 or 345171


The council’s planning service has prepared a planning brief (below) specifically for this site. Interested parties are strongly recommended to read the planning brief. 

Applicants are advised to contact Chesterfield Borough Council’s development manager Paul Staniforth on (01246) 345781 if they require further guidance. 

Please note Chesterfield Borough Council has introduced the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This site falls into the medium zone for CIL, which is levied at £50 per square metre gross floor area and is now subject to index linking. For further guidance and an estimate of CIL chargeable based on layout plans provided, please contact Rick Long on (01246) 345792.

Catherine Street - planning brief June 2018 PDF (PDF 3.19 MB)
Catherine Street - additional planning notes PDF (PDF 91 KB)

Fitness for use

A preliminary report dated June 2018 (available below) has been prepared by consultants, Sirius Group.

Historically, we understand the site was used for housing. A topographical survey has also been prepared by Land-Surv. These are available to download below for your information and assistance. 

The surveys provided to prospective purchasers for information and guidance to assist in making offers. On this basis offers are expected to be made unconditional on such matters relating to ground conditions, drainage, contamination etc. but will still of course be made subject to planning permission. 

However, intended purchasers still need to corroborate the findings of these site investigations as fitness for any purpose or use proposed in relation to the development of the subject site cannot be guaranteed by Chesterfield Borough Council or its agents. Once an offer has been formally accepted then the successful purchaser would have the authorisation of the council to seek their own Letter of Reliance from the consultants in relation to the site surveys.

Catherine Street - topographical survey PDF PDF (PDF 665 KB)
Catherine Street - topographical survey CAD file DWG (DWG 288 KB)
Catherine Street - trial pit investigation report PDF (PDF 2.11 MB)
Catherine Street - Preliminary Appraisal Report June 2018 PDF (PDF 33.42 MB)
Catherine Street - Coal Authority abandonment plan JPG (JPG 13.09 MB)
Catherine Street - Coal Authority abandonment plan (marked up) PDF (PDF 258 KB)

Basis of disposal

Chesterfield Borough Council own the freehold of this site. It is registered under Title Number DY462092. A copy of the title is available below.

Historic covenants were noted on the title, but copies of these were not available upon first registration with the Land Registry. Chesterfield Borough Council retain the unregistered deeds to this site which reveal reference to the conveyance dated 13 October 1868 between Anne Eyre and Herbert Margereson as creating obligations to create the roadways abutting the site and also to build houses in line with those already built but not permit the same to be used 'for the sale of beer or spirituous liquors nor…carry on a business which may be of nuisance to the adjoining property'. 

It would be the purchaser’s responsibility to take out any insurance as required for historic covenants at their own expense. It is noted the site was previously developed for housing. 

The site is offered freehold subject to the existing garage tenancy agreements by informal tender. Offers are invited in excess of £275,000. Please note the council has not opted to tax on the subject property and therefore VAT is not applicable. 

Official Copy Register DY462092 Catherine Street PDF (PDF 82 KB)
Official Copy Title Plan DY462092 Catherine Street PDF (PDF 199 KB)


An additional charge of 1% of the agreed sale price will be made by the vendor on completion to cover the council’s legal costs incurred in the sale.

Further details and viewings

The site can be viewed on foot. For further enquiries, please contact: 

Linda Martin of Kier Asset Management
3rd Floor
Town Hall
Rose Hill
S40 1LP

Phone: 01246 345445 or email:

Making an offer

Closing date 12 noon Wednesday 17 October 2018

The site is to be sold by informal tender.  In order to be considered, offers must be made on the tender form below. The form should be completed in full, sealed and returned in a plain envelope using the tender label provided. Offers should be marked ‘Strictly Private and Confidential’ for a fixed and specified sum in writing using the offer form below to the following address:   

FAO: Linda Martin

Kier Asset Management
3rd Floor
Town Hall
Rose Hill
S40 1LP 

Offers should not relate to any other offer and should include: 

  • Fixed sum offer, for an odd sum in order to reduce the chance of identical offers being received
  • Details of the proposed scheme/use including indicative drawings if possible
  • Name and address of the purchaser, with a summary of track record/experience of previous developments
  • Proof of funds available for the purchase and/or financial reference
  • Any conditions relating to the offer eg valuation survey, structural or other conditions
  • Proposed timescales from receipt of draft documentation to complete exchange of contracts
  • Solicitor’s details, name, address, telephone number, and email 

Please note any offers that are NOT received in a plain envelope cannot be considered. Any markings on the official envelope that identify the sender will exclude that sender from the tendering process. 

Please note that Chesterfield Borough Council does not undertake to accept the highest, or indeed any offer received. Any offer is subject to formal council approval.

Kier, as the council’s property advisers will contact the successful applicant in writing to confirm that a recommendation to the council has been made to approve acceptance of an offer.

The council will reserve the right to withdraw the acceptance of an offer if contracts have not been exchanged within six months of the issue of draft contract and transfer documentation. 

Closing date 12 noon Wednesday 17 October 2018

Catherine Street Offer Form (PDF) PDF (PDF 62 KB)
Catherine Street Offer Form (Word) Word (Word 55 KB)
Catherine Street Particulars PDF (PDF 1.34 MB)


No person in the employment of Chesterfield Borough Council or Kier has authority to make or give representations or warranties whatsoever in relation to the property. 

All statements contained within these particulars have been provided in good faith and are understood to be correct.  However, they are provided as a general outline only for the guidance of intended purchasers or tenants.  Accuracy in respect of all statements cannot be guaranteed and the particulars do not form part of any offer, contract or warranty. Plans included are not necessarily to scale and are for identification purposes only. 

Whilst every effort is made to ensure all descriptions, dimensions, reference to condition and necessary permissions for use and occupation and other details are accurate intending purchasers or tenants should not rely upon them as statements or representations of fact and should satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them. 

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in the presentation of these particulars, prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves that these particulars are still valid.

Last updated on 27 November 2018