Chesterfield Waterside

The Chesterfield Waterside scheme is one of the most innovative urban regeneration schemes in the Chesterfield area.

Chesterfield Waterside will transform derelict brownfield land along a 1.6 km section of the Rother valley. It will create a major new mixed use quarter for Chesterfield including new public leisure spaces and destinations such as exhibition spaces, galleries, pubs, caf├ęs and restaurants. It will also improve foot & cycleway links between the station, the canal and Trans Pennine Trail within Chesterfield. The juxtaposition of waterspaces, businesses, residential and leisure activities is of proven regeneration and tourism value.

The Chesterfield Waterside concept originated in proposals made by the Chesterfield Canal Partnership in a report submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council and key landowners in 2004 ("Chesterfield Wharf: Realising the Development Potential of the Canal Corridor in Chesterfield"). This report proposed a mixed use development centred on a new length of canal on the former Lavers Wood Yard and a reconstructed terminal basin on the former Cadbury-Trebor-Basset site.

These ideas were taken forward by Arnold Lavers Plc, Bolsterstone Plc and Chesterfield Borough Council through an informal working party (of which the Canal Partnership was a member). This group employed Taylor Young to undertake community consultation, study options and ultimately to produce a detailed planning brief in March 2005. Following public enquiry, the Waterside scheme was adopted as special planning guidance within the Chesterfield Local Plan in early 2006.

The Waterside scheme is now at the masterplan design stage and is working towards an outline planning application in the Autumn of 2008. The Canal Partnership continues to be involved as a member of the Waterside Partnership officers working group and will have a role in refining the final designs to optimise the community and waterways benefits of this scheme.

For more information on the Chesterfield Waterside project please see the Chesterfield Waterside Partnership's website here.

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