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 500 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 the provision of a new 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. Work on these elements will begin in 2018.
Chesterfield Borough Council are keen to speak with end users for this first phase and with potential investment and delivery partners for future phases
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:
- Seven ground floor restaurants
- A 92 bedroom Premier Inn hotel on the first and second floors
- A health and fitness centre in the basement
This element of the scheme is expected to be completed in winter 2018.
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.
Work to demolish Saltergate car park and replace it with a modern 24-hour a day multi-storey car park will be complete in April 2018 and a planning application has been submitted for the new car park.
The new car park will offer:
- Safe, secure, 24 hour parking
- Better parking facilities for motorists
- Increase the number of parking spaces to 531
- A more contemporary building.
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.