Stadium and store application granted

PLANNING permission has been granted for a 10,500-seat stadium for Chesterfield Football Club, along with a Tesco store and other businesses, on the former Demaglass site in Whittington Moor.

Wilson Bowden's application for the stadium, supermarket and commercial site with offices, hotels and car showrooms was given unanimous approval and received applause at a packed planning meeting attended by more than 300 people.

This was despite the scheme attracting 19 letters of objection, 155 copies of a petition letter and a 207-name petition citing concerns about the superstore's size, increased traffic and parking problems.

Chesterfield Council has placed conditions on the planning consent which will compel Wilson Bowden to put measures in place including transport improvements, CCTV, a park and ride scheme and public art.

There will also be 400 stadium and 964 store parking spaces as well as a match-day travel plan.

Coun Ray Russell, leader of the council, said: "This was an important decision for the council and the people of Chesterfield. The redevelopment of the Demaglass site and the delivery of a new football stadium for Chesterfield are vital for the regeneration of the borough."

The bid now has to be considered by the Government office for the east Midlands as the Tesco store is a departure from the council's development plan.