Northern Gateway Chesterfield
A revised Northern Gateway scheme was approved by Chesterfield Borough Council in July 2016 to improve the town’s northern entrance and create 489 jobs.
The plans include an enterprise centre for start-up and medium sized businesses on the site of Holywell Cross (Donut) car park as well as renewal of the Saltergate multi-storey car park and environmental and street improvements to Elder Way and part of Knifesmithgate, to improve the area for pedestrians and encourage more people to use the area.
The £19.9 million revised project also includes the £10.5 million redevelopment of the Co-op store by Central England Co-operative and their partners Jomast Developments.
They already have planning permission for a leisure scheme that will include:
- Six ground floor restaurants
- A hotel on the first and second floors
- A health and fitness centre in the basement
- The first occupiers to be announced are Premier Inn.
The revised Northern Gateway project will be funded by a Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund grant of £5.83 million, which is unaffected by the council’s decision to withdraw its application to be a full member of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal.
The council has contributed £3.5 million to the scheme with the Co-op redevelopment being paid for by the private sector.
Chesterfield based Whittam Cox Architects is currently drawing up a vision document of how the scheme and the wider area will develop over the next 20 years.
This will be published in July 2017 when consultation takes place with residents and businesses.