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9 May 2012

Chesterfield’s Northern Gateway project developer decided

 Chesterfield Borough Council has selected Wilson Bowden Developments as its preferred partner for the Northern Gateway project. The estimated £50m project will transform the Donut roundabout area, one of the main gateways of Chesterfield town centre, into a high quality shopping and leisure area. The site will also offer a mix of office space, homes and car parking.

The Council shortlisted two bidders to prepare detailed proposals – Wilson Bowden and Muse Developments. Both companies submitted their final tenders to the Council on 13th April and the decision was made by the Council’s Cabinet yesterday (8th May).

Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We received exciting proposals from both developers but we can only select one development partner.The Wilson Bowden plans presented the strongest overall scheme for the site and the best fit with our aspirations to improve the quality of Chesterfield’s shopping offer and to be a contemporary destination.”

The plans, which will go forward for a full public consultation in the next few weeks, include a major foodstore, retail outlets and restaurants, a cinema, 80 bed hotel, 85 homes, offices, and 700-800 replacement car parking spaces, plus an outdoor performance area.

David Ward, Planning Director from Wilson Bowden Developments said: “We’re obviously delighted to have been selected as the Council’s preferred partner for the Northern Gateway project. The next stage will be for us to consult with local people on the plans with a view to submitting a full planning application this Autumn.”

Work is scheduled to commence on the site at the end of 2013 and due for completion at the end of 2015.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Destination Chesterfield said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Chesterfield to attract new businesses, retailers and shoppers, to give existing customers greater choice and reinforce Chesterfield’s position as the key centre in northern Derbyshire.”

The Council’s decision to appoint Wilson Bowden Developments is subject to a standstill period of ten days.

Source:Chesterfield Borough Council