More than 300 jobs are set to be created in Chesterfield as part of the first phase of the town’s £320 million regeneration scheme, Chesterfield Waterside.
News of the jobs boost came at the Celebrate Chesterfield event attended by 250 of the town’s business owners and leaders.
A £2.7 million of grant for the scheme from Sheffield City Region Investment Fund was also announced at the event. It will enable the site preparation and infrastructure phase of Basin Square, comprising the former Trebor site at the Chesterfield Waterside scheme, to be brought forward.
A planning application for enabling works and infrastructure, together with building heights and massing, was submitted on March 14.
If granted, works will start later this year to prepare the ground for residential accommodation, office space, a hotel, car park and shops on the Basin Square site at Chesterfield Waterside.
Work on this element is expected to start in 2017 and will create more than 300 jobs.
Peter Swallow, chair of Destination Chesterfield and managing director of Bolsterstone PLC which is leading the joint venture company delivering Chesterfield Waterside, added: “I am delighted to announce significant progress with Chesterfield Waterside. Following the delivery and completion of the enabling works, I am confident that the construction of the office, retail and hotel accommodation on the Basin Square site will begin in 2017.
“The development of Basin Square will be of a scale and quality not previously seen in Chesterfield and will elevate the profile of the town, creating a sense of arrival and a new landmark. It will certainly help put Chesterfield and all that it has to offer on to the national investment map.”
Coun John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader and cabinet member for regeneration said: “If the planning application is approved, the funding from Sheffield City Region will allow work on the Canal Basin to start this year. This will not only lead to work for local businesses during the construction process but also jobs for Chesterfield residents when the development is complete.”
The Celebrate Chesterfield event was organised by Destination Chesterfield, in association with The University of Derby, which is opening a new campus in the town later this year.
Speakers at the event, which was sponsored by Central Technology and Markham Vale, included Huw Bowen, chief executive of the borough council, and representatives from the University of Derby, Meter Provida and Central Technology.
The breakfast event also looked back on the success of Destination Chesterfield, the
town’s inward investment campaign, during the last 12 months.
Destination Chesterfield is a marketing campaign which is helping to improve the economic prosperity of Chesterfield by promoting it as a contemporary destination to inward investors.
The campaign was established in 2011, funded through support from the European Regional Development Fund, Local Businesses and Chesterfield Borough Council.
The local business community plays a central role in it by leading an independent board of directors and pledging their support through the Chesterfield Champions Scheme.
The scheme numbers more than 160 businesses and schools who are driving the development of the local economy, shaping its future and showcasing all that is good about the area.
To keep up to date with events and developments in Chesterfield, visit www.chesterfield.co.uk
And the Post Office is to expand its Chesterfield base, bringing 160 jobs to the town. For more see here.