Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield
The £3.25m Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield project includes plans to revamp the town’s historic outdoor Market Place, as well as improve the public space around Elder Way.
The upgrades to Chesterfield’s Northern Gateway which includes Packers Row, a key pedestrian route into the town centre and Market, will re-balance the space available to the public in favour of pedestrians whilst also encouraging outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes. The route will also feature a greater number of trees to help improve air quality for users of the street.
It is proposed that the new revitalised outdoor market will include better lighting and power; improved access and stall configuration; general paving repairs; and new flexible trading areas as well as the repair of all existing stall structures.
The aim of the surveys was to understand what people enjoy about Chesterfield Market, what might encourage them to visit more often, and understand how they think it can be improved.
The surveys showed support for changing the layout of the market. 72% of the public, 89% of local businesses and 46% of market traders, supported changing the layout of the market
There was strong support for events, particularly specialist and event markets. These could include food festivals, farmers markets or vintage markets.
The proposals for the Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield Vision Master Plan were approved by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 20 July 2022 and are subject to a consultation running until September 2021, with initial work set to begin early 2022.
Key proposals include:
- The re-siting of market stalls currently located in New Square and on Low Pavement into a single market ground of 100 stalls in Market Square – creating a more defined and vibrant market area. The area will also include a flexible events space.
- The re-modelling of New Square as a flexible events space – able to hold large-scale events, and accommodate temporary installations and active edges linked to local bars and restaurants
- Upgrades to the paving to improve the quality while also making it more accessible for people dependent on wheelchairs, pushchairs, or mobility aids
- The introduction of new seating areas and attractive landscaping to create spaces where people want to sit and chat whilst taking in what the town has to offer
- The planting of more trees to increase biodiversity and improve the street scene
- Brighter, more vibrant stall coverings and flexible stalls supplied with water, better lighting and digital connectivity
The proposals have also been developed with due regard for the Conservation Area including giving greater prominence to the Market Hall and the town pump, which is currently obscured, by opening-up the public space in these areas.
The project will support the creation of 66 jobs as well as safeguarding 80 jobs on the outdoor market.
The Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield has already secured £1.15m funding through the Derbyshire Business Rates Pilot and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. Further funding for later phases is being sought as part of a bid that the council has recently submitted to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.