Masterplan created for Chesterfield town centre

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A masterplan has been agreed by Chesterfield Borough Council to guide future development of the town centre.

It contains outline proposals of how the town centre might adapt as it responds to changes in the retail sector caused by the growth of online shopping, a need for more housing and hopes to connect fringe sites to the historic core area around the market.

The plan recognises eight core areas within the town centre and contains outline proposals for each.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “Chesterfield is recognised as being a historic market town, with a great town centre built around the market squares, Crooked Spire church and the historic buildings which previous generations fought so hard to protect.

“But, like all town centres in the country, we need to evolve to take account of the changing world in which we live if we are to continue to attract locals and visitors to it.

“Although the occupancy of our shops is higher than in most parts of the country, and we have a good mix of independent and national retailers, we are not immune to the effects that online shopping and changing consumer habits are having on town centres.

“We will need to take the opportunities created by new technology if it is to remain a popular place to live and visit.”

The masterplan will be used to help guide future planning decisions.

Andy Dabbs, design director of WCEC Architects, which designed the plan, said: “One of the key opportunities we identified is that many of the key sites within the town are physically close together but could be better connected.”

The masterplan can be seen at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/masterplan