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Chesterfield Waterside gets £2.4m starter funding

The Chesterfield Waterside project – the massive development proposed at the terminus of the Chesterfield Canal restoration – has been awarded £2.4 million in funding for essential starter works from the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board. 

The money will allow the small ‘starter’ canal basin in the site – excavated in 2009 – to connect to the main canal restoration and the River Rother with a new lock. 

It will not make the stretch immediately navigable, but is essential to prepare the 62-acre site for future development, including access roads and sewer works. 

Chesterfield Waterside is a vision to give the Chesterfield Canal a fitting terminus, and increase pressure to complete restoration of the remaining nine miles through to Kiveton Park.  

The canal will be the centrepiece of the full £300 million project, said to be one of the 50 biggest urban developments in the country. The scheme will incorporate restaurants, offices, shops, hotels, bars, apartments and houses. The site runs from north to south either side of the River Rother and Chesterfield Canal, and alongside the A61.

 Along with the canal basin, plans for the site will eventually include public parkland and a waterside residential neighbourhood of 1,200 homes, along with shops, bars, cafes, galleries and hotels. 

Wednesday 18 April  | Andrew Denny  | 11.05am, Wednesday 18 April 2012

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