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 the doors of its department store 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 Ltd to re-use the existing four storey building and create a new leisure development for Chesterfield.
Planning permission is expected to be submitted for consideration on 12 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
* A 16,000 sq. ft. health and fitness area in the basement
The news of the proposed redevelopment plans for the Co-op building follows on the back of the announcement earlier in the year that £1 billion of investment is taking place in the Borough over the next 10 years, including the £400 million Peak Resorts, £320 million Chesterfield Waterside, £88 million Markham Vale and Northern Gateway developments.