Chesterfield Call for Sites 2022
Residents, businesses, landowners, and developers were asked to suggest sites for development or land use changes.
Chesterfield Borough Council issued its most recent Call for Sites as part of the Local Plan review process for six weeks to submit their suggestions from Monday 21 March 2022 until midnight on Monday 2 May 2022. The aim was to identify sites that have the potential to be developed for housing or employment but also to help find sites that could be used to enhance local biodiversity or other uses. The Local Plan must be reviewed at least once every five years and the Call for Sites is a key element of this review.
At the time Councillor Dean Collins, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: "The Local Plan is important because it is the starting point for assessing the merits of individual planning applications. The Call for Sites helps ensure that we identify sites for development that meet local need and this must be done as part of the five-year review of our Local Plan."
As well as suggesting sites for housing or business developments, there was also the opportunity to highlight sites for other uses. This included areas the council can invest in to enhance biodiversity through tree planting and habitat management but also sites that would be suitable for Gypsy and Traveller sites, community facilities and public open spaces.
Sites that have been suggested will be assessed by the end of 2022 as part of a Land Availability Assessment which in turn will be used to help review the current Local Plan.
Where a site has been suggested by a member of the public, but the availability of a site is not known the council may contact the landowner to find out if it is available or not. Sites which ultimately are not available will not be able to progress as part of the Local Plan review.
A site being put forward to the council and then later considered in the Land Availability Assessment does not mean it will necessarily be considered suitable for development or a particular land use, nor included in a local plan or granted planning permission.
The sites put forward to the council will be reported to members and made visible to the public by the end of 2022.
Further information and assistance
If you need more information or assistance, please contact the strategic planning and key sites team by calling 01246 345002 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.