Category: Current Issues

  • Hurst House Chesterfield Schools Foundation Response

    The Charity Commission have delivered their final response to the complaints by the Civic Society onthe administration of the Chesterfield Schools Foundation, and the upkeep and future of the main asset, Hurst House. This will be covered in the August Newsletter, but we are also publishing the full response here and making it available for […]

  • Chesterfield Hotel

    The Civic Society has recently responded to Planning Application CHE/21/464/OUT, and the full text can be read below. The document can be downloaded here


    Plans to transform the area between the town centre and Chesterfield train station were out for public consultation, closing on 8 March 2021. Amongst a number of other local organisations the civic society has submitted its views on the scheme, which has been put together by Chesterfield Borough Council, working with AECOM and Whittam Cox […]

  • The Victoria Centre Knifesmithgate

    Well known , both to Chesterfield residents and further afield as a characteristic image of Chesterfield , the Black and White frontage of Knifesmithgate is well worthy of preservation . Currently however , the upper floors are empty , and their future unknown. The  issue is that the building belongs to a London property management […]

  • The Sixties ‘Vic’ – an account by Eileen Marriot

    The Sixties ‘Vic’ – an account by Eileen Marriot

    Thank you Eileen for these memories of the ‘Vic’ as we all called the Victoria Ballroom . She captures the central part it played in our lives for those of us who grew up in the 1960s .  Just click on the link below the photo to read the full story . Please note […]

  • Thornfield – Update

    Thornfield – Update

    We understand that the East Midlands Chamber have resubmitted the planning application , with a proposal for the conversion of the house into four flats .There will be slightly fewer houses on the rest of the site . Read the Derbyshire Times article here The DT now insists on registering to read , but all […]

  • Thornfield

    CHESTERFIELD AND DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE Civic Society urges Council to save historic building Chesterfield and District Civic Society has written to the Borough Council asking them not to allow the demolition of what the society believes is the last building in the town associated with the Chesterfield Canal. Thornfield, a stone-built Georgian house of the […]

  • Permission to demolish The Shrubberies is granted

    Though there was in reality nothing the Council could do to prevent it , it is still sad to report that permission to demolish was effectively granted at the Planning Meeting on the April 3rd .

  • A Short History of The Victoria Centre

    The Victoria Centre, Knifesmithgate, and adjoining buildings History On October 27th 1911 an exhibition match was played between Ernest Rudge, the champion of South Yorkshire, and P.W. Hughes, a leading Yorkshire professional from Leeds, to mark the opening of a temperance billiard hall to the rear of 11 Knifesmithgate. Ernest Rudge was soon recognised as […]

  • Chesterfield Borough Council Local Plan

    The Council updated the Local Plan Core Strategy, dating  from 2013 , this January and the Civic Society has commented on it .  The covering letter and the link to the response are found below .   CHESTERFIELD AND DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY 9 Owen Falls Avenue, Chesterfield S41 0FR P.I. Staniforth Esq. Planning and Development […]