A FORMER Derbyshire steelworks is set to be transformed in a £100m development – featuring 700 new homes, a school, marina and shops.

National planning and development consultancy Lichfields prepared the Environmental Statement to support the planning application at the site of the former Staveley iron and steel works.

The plans, which were drafted by Chatsworth Settlement Trustees, part of the Chatsworth Estate, which has owned the land since the 17th Century, amount to one of the biggest regeneration projects in the Chesterfield area

Jonathan Standen, Planning Director at the Lichfields’ office in Leeds said: “We are delighted to have contributed to the wider planning submission by preparing the Environmental Statement.

“This underscores the significant ambitions for the development of the site and the benefits the scheme will bring to both the local community and local environment.”

Lichfields coordinated and contributed to the preparation of the Environmental Statement, supporting a planning application, which has now been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council.

The proposed development will link the communities of Brimington, Hollingwood, Staveley and Barrow Hill.

As well as new two, three and four-bed housing, redevelopment of the 100-acre brownfield site, known as Staveley Works, will include a primary school, a marina on the Chesterfield canal, retail and community facilities, a cycle and footpath network, and new wildlife habitats.

The first homes are expected to be available in around five years’ time while redevelopment is scheduled to last around ten years in total. During the building and infrastructure work, the development is expected to create around 200 construction jobs. The completed development is expected to support around 800 jobs in the commercial, leisure and education sectors.

Andrew Byrne, Chatsworth Settlement Trustees Property Development Director, said: “Since closing as an industrial site, Chatsworth has been keen to put something back into the community by redeveloping Staveley Works in an attractive and creative way that provides modern housing, community facilities and jobs for people in the area.

“We held a public consultation in December and got a very positive reaction to our plans. We believe we’ve put forward imaginative ideas to redevelop the site. We can’t wait to get started.”

The planning application is the latest stage in a regeneration process that links with the overall aims of Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council to deliver new investment and infrastructure into the area. The once-bustling Staveley Works site has been derelict for several years when its 200-year history of industrial development, including mining and iron and steel making, came to a close.

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