Go-ahead for new Chesterfield terminus
PLANS TO CREATE a terminus for a restored Chesterfield Canal as part of a major urban regeneration scheme for Chesterfield have taken a step forward with planning approval of the £75m first stage of the scheme.
With the original basin filled in, the restored five-mile length from Staveley to Chesterfield ends with a short length of the River Rother in a formerly industrial area. Plans to create a new terminus led to excavation of a basin several years ago, but the entrance lock is yet to be built, and there has been little progress on the surrounding regeneration.
That is all set to change now, with the Masterplan agreed, and clearance work underway ready for the new Basin Square – which will ultimately see 1,200 homes, plus shops, bars and restaurants with the canal basin at its centre.
It is hoped to have the basin open by summer 2018.