Plans due in for Chesterfield’s former Co-op building

A planning application is to be submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council seeking permission to convert the town’s landmark former Co-op store for a mixed leisure and restaurant use.

The Co-op closed in 2013 and it has been a key target for redevelopment since. A joint venture has now been agreed between Central England Cooperative and Jomast Developments to re-use the existing four storey building and create a new leisure development. Planning permission is expected to be submitted for consideration on 12th October and it is anticipated that this application will include: an 89 bedroom hotel on the upper floor; six family restaurants, of between 2,929 sq ft and 3,796 sq ft in size, on the ground floor; and a 16,000 sq ft health and fitness area in the basement.

Adam Hearld, development director for Jomast, said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity to revitalise a significant landmark building and create a vibrant leisure destination comprising restaurants, hotel and health and fitness accommodation in the heart of Chesterfield town centre.

“We are in the process of talking to a number of established national operators who are keen to locate in the town and benefit from a market which is currently lacking in real choice for leisure consumers.

“We will hopefully be successful in securing planning consent and able to commence works on the scheme in the New Year.”