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Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield

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 also features more trees to help improve air quality.

Under the plans, 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. In summer, Chesterfield Borough Council asked residents, market traders and local businesses to share their views and help shape the future of Chesterfield Market as part of a public consultation.

People’s views are being used to shape revised final plans for the area. Initial work is set to begin in 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 project has already secured £1.15m funding through the Derbyshire Business Rates Pilot and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. Chesterfield Borough Council is also providing funding for the scheme.

Later phases are being funded as part of the council’s successful bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, which was announced in October 2021.

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