Chesterfield pub to be turned into food store

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A pub is to be transformed into a convenience store – creating up to 20 new jobs.

Councillors approved the conversion of The Spital, in Spital Lane, Chesterfield, into a Co-operative food store during a planning meeting on Tuesday.

A cash machine and eighteen parking spaces will also be provided.

Chesterfield Borough Council planning documents show one resident said: “I object.

“We have a Co-op within walking distance.

“The Spital is not only a pub – it is the local community centre providing a function facility for many varied events and occasions.

“Our village would be much poorer without our pub – our quality of life would definitely suffer.”

Another resident said: “I support the continued use of this property and feel the alterations are sympathetic with this building’s appearance.

“I feel there is a requirement for a food store in Spital now that the post office and general store has closed.”

Last year, the Co-operative signed an agreement to lease 54 pub sites from the Marston’s public house portfolio owned by NewRiver Retail.

A spokesman for NewRiver Retail, which submitted the plans, said: “The community food store will result in a number of benefits for the surrounding area and local economy.

“There will be a high-quality new, small convenience store in a convenient, accessible and sustainable location and there will be the creation of up to 20 new jobs, likely to be attractive to residents of the area.

“The store will create a range of posts including management roles and sales assistants.

“The Co-op offers apprenticeships, undergraduate placement programmes and graduate leadership programmes, offering the chance to gain valuable experience and develop work-related skills.

“In addition, the construction phase of the proposed convenience store will generate about ten temporary construction jobs.”

A borough council spokesman said: “The change of use can be carried out under permitted development without the need for formal planning approval.”

Meanwhile, the authority is currently considering plans to turn The Wheatsheaf, in Newbold Road, Chesterfield, into a Co-operative food store.

This would create up to 20 new jobs, according to NewRiver Retail.