Mixed-use £300m regeneration development will be based around canal basin

The planning application for Chesterfield Waterside, one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, was finally given the green light by Chesterfield council on Monday.

Chesterfield Waterside is a £300m regeneration project led by Urbo, the regeneration arm of local businesses Bolsterstone and Arnold Laver Group, working in partnership with Chesterfield council. The regeneration site spans 60 acres and is based around the River Rother and Chesterfield Canal waterways and the newly constructed canal.

The masterplan was prepared by How Planning and Aecom, whose projects include the Olympic village in east London. The development has been designed to provide a variety of sustainable uses, including 300,000ft² of office space, car parks and 70,000ft² for retail, restaurants, bars and shops.

Peter Swallow, chairman of Chesterfield Waterside Partnership, said: “This is a significant milestone for Chesterfield. The scheme will play a key part in the area’s ’modern awakening’, which is the prime objective of the town’s ’Destination Chesterfield’ steering group panel, which comprises senior council officials and leading local businesses.”