PEAK – gateway to the great outdoors

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PEAK proposes a mixed use multi brand tourism destination.  Similar to the internationally successful ski village model, PEAK’s masterplan is developed around a transport and mobility system connected to a national park.

Located on the eastern boundary of the 550 square mile Peak District National Park with its 1,600 miles of trails, PEAK offers access to an enormous range of nature, culture, heritage and adventure attractions.

PEAK is an all year leisure, education, wellness and entertainment destination set on 300 acres of reclaimed opencast land.

PEAK is a phased development, with Phase 1 costing in the region of £200m and representing approximately one third of the total planning permission.


Phase 1 Attractions and facilities include:

  • PEAK Express Transport Hub
  • Leisure Hotel(s)
  • The Gateway @PEAK
  • The Wellness @PEAK
  • Extensive Landscaping and rewilding,  on site Nature Trails and experiential & sensory gardens
  • Multi discipline cycling school with trails connected to 1,000 of miles of Public Rights of Way.
  • Car and Coach Parking with ev charging

Birchall Properties has achieved reserved matters planning approval and outline planning permission for up to 2,000 hotel rooms and 250 lodges. The overnight and short stay accommodation will be delivered in phases and in a range of formats, from 5 star hilltop hotel with lodges, to village centre hotels with hostel accommodation.

Planning consents have been formally ‘implemented’ and safeguarded for the future.  Pre-commencement planning conditions are being discharged for each development plot within the Masterplan.  PEAK is forecast to create over 2,000 FTE new jobs.

Access & Connectivity

£2.85 million of funding from Sheffield City Region’s Infrastructure Fund (SCRIF) was awarded to the development in 2016. Work commenced in 2017 to connect the estate to the public highway, the public rights of way network and the regulated utilities.  The A61 access and the PROW connectivity were completed and adopted by Derbyshire County Council in October 2017.  The estate boundary is in part defined by approximately 3 mile of deer fence.


the Gateway @PEAK

Specialist destination developer Milligan has formed a joint venture with Birchall Properties. Working together with Chesterfield Borough Council, the Peak District National Park Authority and the University of Derby the joint venture will develop the UK’s first fully serviced national park gateway.

The Gateway @PEAK will be both a destination in its own right, and a basecamp for those visiting the National Park. With its ‘Journey to Zero’ transport hub the Gateway provides the facility for visitors to travel by hydrogen or electric vehicle to access thousands of National Park attractions.

Milligan is looking to create partnerships with brands that align with the Gateway @PEAK’s values and vision, to integrate products, experiences and expertise into the delivery of a world-class visitor experience.

Facilitation works and ground investigations are underway.  The Gateway @PEAK is scheduled to open for Autumn 2024 at a cost in the region of £100m.

the Wellness @PEAK

Reserved Matters Planning approval was granted 14th September 2021 and a 106 Agreement has now been entered into.

The Wellness @PEAK is a health and wellbeing park consisting of four core components; international standard clinic, world class spa hotel, specialist lodging and therapeutic gardens.  There will be a research and develop component to bring forward new areas of preventative and responsive therapies. The capital investment is in the order of £100m.

The Wellness @PEAK will operate in the international and national health and wellbeing market. It will specialise in areas of mobility, rehabilitation, cosmetics and diet as well as provide a wide range of facilities for individual programmes.    Whilst this scale of facility is available in other countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Germany, the Park will be the first such facility in the UK.

Students wow the Gateway at PEAK development team with architectural designs

Students at the University of Derby have unveiled their architectural visions for the UK’s first fully-serviced national park gateway based in Chesterfield. 

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Joint venture formed to develop the Gateway at PEAK Resort

Specialist developer Milligan has formed a unique joint venture with landowner Birchall Properties. The Gateway at PEAK will be part of the 300-acre PEAK Resort development.

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Gateway at Peak Resort

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