The announcement that Chesterfield will benefit from an HS2 Station and an infrastructure maintenance depot in the borough, creates opportunities for the town from creating new jobs to improving skills and from developing new homes and attracting new business investment as well as improving transport infrastructure, rail connectivity and journey times.
HS2 will complement existing rail services and open up regeneration opportunities, enhancing Chesterfield’s role as both a destination and a gateway to surrounding areas, including the Peak District National Park.
HS2 Chesterfield Station
The prospect of a HS2 connection at Chesterfield Station is already driving major regeneration of the town centre and adjacent industrial areas. The potential benefits of HS2 for the Chesterfield area include:
- Better connectivity for the 1 million plus people already living within 30 minutes of the station;
- 4,740 new homes and 10,220 new jobs;
- £270m net additional GVA; and 176 ha of brownfield land brought back into use.
The HS2 Chesterfield Station Master Plan will bring significant growth and investment opportunities on business, travel, parking and residential sites.
The master plan has 10 primary objectives which include attracting economic investment, improving connectivity, encourage global tourism to the area and creating a wow factor on arrival.
A new link road is the catalyst. The proposals are designed to link and compliment the opportunities in the town centre and Chesterfield Waterside.
Planning has been approved for the former Chesterfield Hotel site for demolition and the construction of a two storey split level commercial office block which will frame the Crooked Spire.
Staveley Works Regeneration & HS2 Maintenance Depot
The regeneration of the 150 hectare Staveley Works Area will open up the staveley corridor for development. Hs2 are committed to developing a 22 hectare maintenance depot at the Eastern end of the corridor.
A new HS2 Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley will help generate thousands of new local engineering jobs and be at the heart of a mixed-use housing and employment zone.
The Depot could also provide a construction base for HS2 to align with the current plans to make the nearby Barrow Hill Roundhouse a rail industry ‘centre of excellence’ linked to the High Speed Rail College and the research and development capabilities of the universities of Newcastle and Derby.
By co-investing in Staveley, HS2 will help bring forward a 150 hectare brownfield site, with plans for a new garden village of around 1,500 homes and new leisure and commercial development around a rejuvenated Chesterfield Canal.
Derbyshire County Council has submitted a £90 million funding application to enable construction of the Chesterfield Staveley Regeneration Route, Midlands Connect has given its support and the application is currently lodged with the Department for Transport for decision. If successful the funding will need to be defrayed in full by 2025.
Maximising the benefits of HS2 in Chesterfield
Chesterfield Borough Council is focusing on five key themes to maximise the benefits from HS2.
- Connectivity and Capacity
- Governance and Delivery