Peak Resort - Image Stanton Williams

Major Leisure Resort and Visitor Attraction for Chesterfield and the Peak District

Peak Resort is an integrated leisure, health, sport and education resort on the 300 acre Birchall Estate, Unstone. It will be a major visitor attraction to the north west of Chesterfield on the boundary of the 500 square mile Peak District National Park and will become one of the UK’s flagship tourist attractions

The all year tourism destination will be open to day and staying visitors, offering all-weather activities, events and a digital retail experience.

Following the announcement of the partnership with US based Grand Heritage Hotels by the Prime Minister Cameron and President Obama in January 2015, progress has continued throughout the year. Pre commencement planning conditions in respect of the Reserved Matters Planning Approval have been discharged sufficient to implement the consent.  Works have been completed to achieve ‘implemented consent’ status.

The necessary Footpath and Bridleway Diversion Order was approved by the Secretary of State in December.  The project is therefore now ready to proceed.  A Section 73 Application to vary aspects of the Reserved Matters will be submitted in February 2016.  The required variations will build on the educational aspects of the resort to allow the inclusion of a University Campus with related sports hostel.  The university will focus on hospitality, sport and wellness.  Students will have the chance to learn and earn – a more affordable real world education open to national and international students.

£2.8 million of funding from Sheffield City Region’s Infrastructure Fund has been awarded to build the consented A61 development access, the new public footpaths and bridleway network around the site and the site security.  The funding will facilitate the connection of the property to the bicycle and footpath networks into the National Park, the town, the city and the countryside in between.

Infrastructure works started on site in spring 2017 and the development is due to open to guests from spring 2019.  The Resort will be built in three phases and is forecast to create 1,300 FTE new jobs.

Peak Resort is a joint venture partnership between a UK development company and US firm Grand Heritage Hotel Group.

The site, which was reclaimed from open cast mining in the 1990’s , includes a golf course and areas of woodland and open countryside, and will be at the leading edge of eco-technology.  Once completed the the first phase of the project will create:

  • The Gateway Dome and event space
  • Four types/price bands of overnight accommodation from the sports hostel to the five-star clubhouse hotel.
  • University campus affording national and international students the chance to apply their course work into real life learning and earning opportunities.
  • Medical/clinical spa focused on mobility and rehabilitation, wellness and beauty.
  • 300 acres of park and woodland incorporating wildlife and activity trials with the spectacular treetop walkway which offers far reaching views of the Peak District National Park and surrounding countryside.
  • Other facilities will be determined as the scheme progresses.

The development is intended to occur in a number of phases.

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Images: The Peak Resort Masterplan by Stanton Williams (Retina Images)

The Peak Resort Masterplan by Stanton Williams (Retina Images)

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