Job opportunities for Chesterfield residents
Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader has pulled the council’s devolution bid to avoid an unnecessary waste of public money on a referendum called by Derbyshire County Council’s leader Councillor Barry Lewis.
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More than 2,400 jobs are set to be created in the borough in the next few years.
All the developments are being made possible thanks in part to Chesterfield’s place at the table in the Sheffield City Region.
Several large developments in the borough have already received significant investment, since the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership was set up in 2010.
These opportunities are set to increase with the devolution deal offered by the Government.
Here we take a look at some of the developments benefitting from funding or other financial incentives.
Northern Gateway scheme incorporating the former Co-op building redevelopment
The original Northern Gateway scheme sought to develop land around the Donut roundabout at Holywell Cross for a retail and leisure scheme.
But the unexpected closure of the Co-op department store in Elder Way, combined with changes in the retail sector due to the recession, led to a complete rethink with the Co-op site being incorporated in to a revised scheme.
By working with owners Central England Co-operative and their partners, Jomast Developments we were able to support the private sector companies with their development by successfully gaining a commitment for a £5.83 million Sheffield City Region Investment Fund grant that will benefit both the Co-op redevelopment and the wider revised Northern Gateway scheme.
This money will enable environmental improvements to be made to Knifesmithgate, Elder Way and part of Saltergate that will enhance the Co-op redevelopment, while also providing improvements needed for access to other parts of the revised Northern Gateway scheme.
Jomast and the Co-op gained planning permission in December 2015 to redevelop the former Co-op building for a leisure scheme which will include:
- six ground floor restaurants
- a hotel on the first and second floors
- a health and fitness centre in the basement
- a courtyard on Knifesmithgate with outside seating.
Premier Inn and Beefeater are two of the companies who will occupy the site.
Work is expected to start on site in the autumn and take around 18 months.
Now this is on track the rest of the revised Northern Gateway scheme can be progressed.
This month our councillors will be asked to approve the finances and changes to the Northern Gateway scheme. It will see us:
- Build an innovation centre for start-up and small and medium sized businesses on the site of the current Holywell Cross (Donut roundabout) car park.
The centre will complement the council’s two existing innovation centres at Tapton Park and Dunston.
- Refurbish and expand the existing Saltergate multi-storey car park to completely update it and make it more appealing to shoppers and commuters.
It will replace the 75 car parking spaces that will be lost at Holywell Cross and also meet the demand for parking created by the Co-op redevelopment.
If the finances are approved, and planning permission is given, it is hoped that work can begin in late 2016 and will take around a year to complete. The scheme will create around 500 jobs.
Work on the project, which is one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, was given a boost when it received a £2.7million grant from the Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund.
The grant, which was secured by us in partnership with developers Chesterfield Waterside Limited, will enable the first phase of the development’s £75 million Basin Square scheme to be brought forward by the site’s developers.
A planning application will be considered later this month seeking permission to carry out infrastructure and enabling work at Basin Square. It also seeks outline planning permission for the layout of phase one of the Waterside development. The plans seek to:
- Clear the remnants of the former Trebor factory and prepare the site with the infrastructure needed to develop Basin Square, the canal area at the heart of the scheme
- Relocate the existing temporary car park to the north of the site
- Create an acoustic noise bund along the A61 on the former Arnold Laver site
Work on site infrastructure and preparation is expected to begin this summer and be completed by the end of the year.
Work can then begin on the development of the first phase of Basin Square in 2017. This is expected to create more than 300 new jobs.
The project is being developed by Chesterfield-based Bolsterstone Plc working with Chesterfield Borough Council and the Arnold Laver Group.
The first phase of the Waterside development saw 19 new affordable homes built on part of the former Arnold Laver DIY site on Brimington Road last year for the Great Places Housing Association. These homes are fully occupied.
This £400 million major leisure resort and visitor attraction development for Chesterfield and the Peak District is underway on the 300 acre Birchall estate in Unstone.
The all-year round Peak Resort development will be open to day visitors, as well as people staying for longer periods and will offer all-weather activities, events and a digital retail experience.
The project has received £2.8 million of funding from Sheffield City Region’s Infrastructure Fund to build the roundabout access from the A61, new public footpaths and bridleways around the site and put in place site security.
The funding will allow the resort to be connected to the Peak District National Park, Chesterfield, Sheffield and the surrounding countryside.
Once completed the project will include:
- a range of leisure facilities, including restaurants, retail and spas
- woodland lodges, a luxury hotel and hostel
- 300 acres of parkland incorporating walking and cycling trails
- car parking
Following the completion of site preparation work last year the main building work is expected to start on site this autumn, with the resort due to open to guests from summer 2018.
It will be built in three phases and will create 1,300 jobs.
Peak Resort is a joint venture partnership between UK development company Birchall Properties and US firm Grand Heritage Hotel Group.
Markham Vale is a 200 acre business and distribution park site, by junction 29A of the M1.
The former coalfield site has been successfully reclaimed and redeveloped by landowners Derbyshire County Council and site developers Henry Boot Developments and is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s largest commercial sites.
A large proportion of the site has been designated as an Enterprise Zone through the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
As a result, businesses setting up there receive tax incentives and face less onerous planning restrictions, which makes the site much more attractive to companies looking for a new site to locate on.
Henry Boot Developments and Derbyshire County Council have taken advantage of the opportunities presented by the Enterprise Zone status to attract businesses that have generated 938 jobs on the site so far, with more on the way.
As the planning authority we have supported the development and have been particularly pleased to see existing Chesterfield businesses, such as Inspirepac and Gould Alloys, expand their operations and move to the site.
But the site has also attracted a range of new companies to the area, including major employers like Great Bear, Ready Egg and Andrew Page.
The development is a key example of how Derbyshire’s economy benefits by linking with the Sheffield City Region, working in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, and exploiting or taking advantage of links with Derbyshire and the East Midlands area as well.