This project is for the regeneration of a former coal yard on the urban edge of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. The site was formerly used as a coal stocking yard in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and was used to clean, blend and bag up to 5,000 tonnes of coal per week. More recently the site was used for the storage, salvage, maintenance, refurbishment and hire of heavy plant and machinery.
With the exception of a belt of woodland extending across the majority of the site frontage, the site was allocated as an ‘Existing Business and Industrial Area’. However, in the planning application prepared for the land, it was successfully demonstrated that there was no reasonable prospect of the site being developed for employment use.
Extensive pre application discussions were carried out with the Local Planning Authority to demonstrate:
- the benefits associated with the development of the brownfield site for housing and the significant contribution this would make to increasing the supply and rate of delivery of housing in the Borough;
- the remediation and improvement of the land; and
- the creation of an attractive sustainable residential environment.
As well as collating, submitting and managing the application, DLP Planning Ltd made representations to the Council’s Planning Committee where the scheme secured a resolution to grant permission subject to a S.106 legal agreement.