Old sports centre in Chesterfield set for demolision

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A planning application is to be submitted seeking permission to demolish the old Queen’s Park Sports Centre site in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Borough Council has also confirmed it plans to carry out a public consultation on potential future uses of the site between Monday, August 22 and Friday, September 30.

The old Queen’s Park Sports Centre, Boythorpe Road, closed at the end of December, a few days before the new £11.25 million Queen’s Park Sports Centre opened further down the road.

If planning permission is granted it is hoped demolition work could begin in September and be completed by early 2017.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “The new Queen’s Park Sports Centre has already proved to be a great success with 1,600 new memberships on top of those we already had, the number of people taking part in activities up and income up.

“Now that the new centre is up-and-running our focus is on the future uses of the old site. We still have some work to do on business cases before we publicise the potential options being considered as we have to ensure that anything potentially going on the site is acceptable from a planning and heritage perspective given the listed status of the park."