Evidence base

Evidence base

Our 'evidence base' is a collection of technical documents, studies and research that underpins preparation of our Local Plan.

A robust evidence base is one of the key tests of soundness of development plan documents during the examination process, the test being that planning policies and proposals should be justified, up to date and reliable.

The evidence base is a living archive and is updated to take account of newly released relevant information.

Below are links to the evidence base work that is currently being undertaken or has already been completed.



Allotment Strategy 2012 to 2016

Community Infrastructure Study 2009

Community Strategy for Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire 2005 to 2015

Indices of Deprivation 2015 Report (latest release included in State of the Borough Report)

Indices of Deprivation 2015 Matrix

Northern Housing Market Area Population and Household Projections 2008 and 2011

Open Space Standards Paper 2018

Open Space Assessment Report 2018

Parks and Open Space Strategy 2015 to 2024

Playing Pitch and Outdoor Sports Strategy 2014

State of the Borough Report


Employment and economy

Derbyshire Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP Strategic Economic Plan

Economic Development Strategies

Employment Land Topic Paper

Northern Sub-Region Employment Land Review 2008

Chesterfield Local Plan Employment Requirement 2018-2033

Chesterfield Growth Strategy

Derbyshire Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Strategic Economic Plan Vision 2030 

Sheffield City Region Strategic Economic Plan 2015-2025 



Derbyshire County Council - Areas of Multiple Environmental Sensitivity 2010

Derbyshire Landscape Character Assessment 2003

Derbyshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2015

Chesterfield Greenways Map

Green Infrastructure Study 2009

Green Wedge and Strategic Gaps Assessment 2011 and 2016

Greenprint for Chesterfield 2010 and Draft 2nd Edition 2019 - original version and draft second edition

Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Study 2009

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) 2009

Chesterfield Local Plan Sites Sequential Flood Risk Assessments 2019



Accessible and Adaptable Housing – Background Report 2016

Chesterfield Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2012 to 2014

Disabled Persons Housing Needs Study

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2015

Land Availability Assessment

Local Plan Strategic Housing Options October 2016

North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Objectively Assessed Housing Need Update 2017

North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2014

Strategic Housing Market Assessment Sensitivity Testing Report 2014

Strategic Housing Requirement 2016



Community Infrastructure Levy

Infrastructure Study and Delivery Plan


Sustainability appraisal

SD3 Sustainability Appraisal Regulation 19 January 2019

SD4 Sustainability Appraisal January 2019 Appendices

SD5 Sustainability Appraisal Addendum June 2019



CACI 2010 Report - Chesterfield's Retail Offer

Chesterfield Town Centre Healthcheck - February 2012

Local Centres Survey 2011 and 2016

Retail Capacity Study 2018



Derbyshire Local Transport Plan

J29A Operational Capacity Assessment July 2012

North Derbyshire Joint Transport Study 2012

Network Rail Utilisation Strategy

Last updated on 19 January 2023