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Plans submitted for 700 Chesterfield homes

Words: Laura Edgar
Staverley Works / Geograph-2212761

An environmental statement and planning application for 700 homes at a former steelworks has been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council.

Chatsworth Settlement Trustees, part of the Chatsworth Estate, drafted the plans. The family trust has owned the land since the 17th century. Planning consultancy Lichfelds prepared the environmental statement to support the application.

The proposed development will link the communities of Brimington, Hollingwood, Staveley and Barrow Hill. Homes would comprise two, three and four-bedroom houses. The redevelopment of the 100-acre site also includes building a primary school, a marina on the Chesterfield Canal, retail and community facilities, a cycle and footpath network and new wildlife habitats.

Andrew Byrne, property development director at Chatsworth Settlement Trustees, said: “Since closing as an industrial site, Chatsworth has been keen to put something back into the community by redeveloping Staveley Works in an attractive and creative way that provides modern housing, community facilities and jobs for people in the area.

“We held a public consultation in December and got a very positive reaction to our plans. We believe we’ve put forward imaginative ideas to redevelop the site. We can’t wait to get started.”

The first homes are expected to be available in about five years, and redevelopment is scheduled to last 10 years in total. The building and infrastructure work is expected to create about 200 construction jobs, and the completed development is expected to support up to 800 jobs in the commercial, leisure and education sectors.

Jonathan Standen, planning director at Lichfields’ office in Leeds, said the environmental statement “underscores the significant ambitions for the development of the site and the benefits the scheme will bring to both the local community and local environment”.

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