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D2N2 to showcase work to Communities and Local Government Director General

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire - is hosting a visit from Peter Schofield, the Director General of the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), on Friday, May 3.

CLG is one of the Departments that has provided resources for the Growing Places Fund (GPF).

Mr Schofield will visit projects that already, or could in the future, benefit from the work of the D2N2 LEP.

D2N2 chairman Peter Richardson and chief executive David Ralph will show Mr Schofield the growth potential of business locations and small and medium-sized firms in our region by touring projects and businesses in the area.

One stop on his tour will be the Chesterfield Waterside project, where he will meet Peter Swallow, the developer of the site and Chair of Destination Chesterfield, as well as representatives of Chesterfield Borough Council.

Chesterfield Waterside is an innovative and sustainable £340m scheme and is currently the (47th) largest regeneration project in the UK. It will rise from the remains of the former Trebor sweet factory and is a major mixed-use regeneration scheme located immediately adjacent to the town centre.

The site, which incorporates elements of the River Rother and Chesterfield Canal, and sits alongside the A61, will provide a thriving and successful destination, including the creation of a new community with 1,500 modern houses and flats, employment opportunities, shops, cafes and bars around the new canal basin and public square.

Another will be Langley Mill firm Prometheus Developments, which designs and develops fire protection products. Prometheus owns its own unique patented fire protection technology and has recently received a financial boost from D2N2’s Growing Places Fund.

David Ralph said: “We are building a relationship with Government and through our senior sponsors it is critical part of our Growth Plan. Therefore we welcome Peter Schofield to look around the area and hear about the work D2N2 is doing and proposing to grow the region’s economy.

“We are looking to take him to both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, including to the Chesterfield Waterside project and Prometheus, and I am sure this will be the start of a number of visits to our area. We will continue to help grow the region and we are working relentlessly towards doing that.”

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield said: “We welcome this opportunity to work with D2N2LEP in hosting Peter Schofield’s visit to Chesterfield to discuss the importance of the Chesterfield Waterside project to the town, and the region, and how the Government’s ‘Growing Places’ funding scheme will be instrumental in bringing forward the first phase of development.”

Mike Hayden, Head of Regeneration at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: "We’re delighted to welcome such a senior government official to Chesterfield to see the great opportunities the town has to attract investment and create jobs and new homes.”