Outline planning consent has been granted for the proposed heights and massing of the buildings to be incorporated in the £75 million Phase 1 Basin Square development at the Chesterfield Waterside scheme.

The granting of consent now means the developers, Bolsterstone Plc, can move forward with negotiations with potential occupiers and investors for the hotel, retail units, apartments, multi-storey car park and offices that will be constructed within this phase of the project.

Commenting on the planning committee’s decision, Peter Swallow director of Bolsterstone Plc, the company leading the project said: “I am delighted with the outcome of the planning committee. We can now move forward with negotiations with investors and look to submit detailed planning applications next year for individual building designs at Basin Square.

“Good progress has already been made on site with the preparatory groundworks, and we will be ready to commence construction as soon as detailed planning consent can be granted for the individual buildings.”

The exciting mixed-use first phase of Basin Square, which is on the site of the former Trebor factory, is of a scale and quality not previously seen before in Chesterfield and will elevate the town’s profile.

Earlier this year permission was granted for the Site Enabling and Infrastructure Works at Chesterfield Waterside and local earthworks and landscaping contractor NT Killingley Ltd duly commenced work on site in September; completion of this work is anticipated by March 2017.

Planning permission has also been granted to replace the road bridge over the river Rother serving the former Laver timber yard site which will facilitate access to  ‘The Park’ residential development which also forms part of Chesterfield Waterside. The completion of the bridge and the acoustic bund will pave the way for approximately 300 family homes to be delivered in The Park area of the project.

Chesterfield Waterside is recognised as being one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, and is being developed by Chesterfield-based Bolsterstone Plc working in conjunction with Arnold Laver Group and Chesterfield Borough Council.

The first phase of residential housing at Chesterfield Waterside, comprising 19 new homes on part of the former Arnold Laver DIY site on Brimington Road, was completed in 2015 on behalf of Great Places Housing Association, and the properties are now fully occupied.