Clay Cross Town Deal becomes a reality as planning decision is approved!

3D visual of upcoming Clay Cross business units

Clay Cross Town Board and North East Derbyshire District Council have reached a huge milestone in their proposals for the Town Deal’s Town Centre Regeneration as Planning consent was approved by the Planning Committee on 7 November 2023.

What does this mean?

The approval covers several key elements which are:

  • The creation of a new Town Square which will become a public space to be used for markets, seasonal events and as a public forum.
  • Food and beverage and leisure units – the route from Broadleys to the public square to be lined with artisan food companies, leisure operators and cafes and restaurants.
  • The pedestrianisation of Market Street, creating more public space for visitors.
  • Repurposing an existing historic building with the aim of providing a quality food and drink offering and leisure opportunities, directly overlooking the public square.
  • Improving connections through the town by re-opening access between Bridge Street and Market Street.

Further work is also being undertaken by the Town Board to explore the possibility of direct access to a car park via the A61.

Clay Cross Town Board Chair, Lee Barnes said, “I’m overjoyed to see the town centre proposals approved.

“It’s a milestone very personal to me, as a Clay Cross business owner, and someone who has spent a career in regenerating urban areas, so to be able to see the go-ahead for great improvements coming to a town that is local to me, has been a great privilege as Chair.”

Clay Cross Town Board member and North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Cllr Nigel Barker said, “Following months of hard work and collaboration between officers, members and partners, we’re delighted to see our efforts pay off to earn the approval of a really solid set of proposals that will bring Clay Cross’ town centre into an exciting new era for residents and businesses.”

“Clay Cross has not seen significant investment for many years and to be able to now deliver the news that this project will go ahead and put Clay Cross on the map, bring employment opportunities for our communities and having fantastic facilities and a centre for the town is really exciting. I am honoured to be able to deliver this for all of us.”

Martin Kirkpatrick, Director of Buttress, who have been central to the design of the Masterplan, added "This is good news. The development holds great promise in supporting the Clay Cross Town Board’s vision to provide a vibrant hub for both visitors and business opportunities. The historic buildings within the Clay Cross conservation area, with this investment, are poised to become the heart of the town, offering a catalyst for new and exciting entrepreneurial prospects." 

This decision follows a string of recent Town Deal milestones in recent months, such as launching the Low Carbon grants for businesses and the significant progress of developing the Clay Cross Active leisure facility, in what is set to be one of the most pioneering community assets in the region.

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