‘Compromise is key to Stanton’s future’

Hollingwood lock house grant l-r: Geraint Coles, Development Manager Chesterfield Canal Partnership, Martin Bloomfield, Secretary Chesterfield Canal Trust, Rod Auton, publicity officer cct and Kath Auton Membership Secretary CCT
Hollingwood lock house grant l-r: Geraint Coles, Development Manager Chesterfield Canal Partnership, Martin Bloomfield, Secretary Chesterfield Canal Trust, Rod Auton, publicity officer cct and Kath Auton Membership Secretary CCT
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COMPROMISE is the key to a successful solution over the Stanton site according to the man behind an alternative idea for the land.

Dr Geraint Coles, development manager for the Chesterfield Canal Partnership, will tell a meeting tonight that what has been achieved at a similar site in Chesterfield can be replicated here if agencies are prepared to come together.

He said: “I’ve not got the answers or the solution but what I have got is knowledge from working on a similar project.

“I’ll be talking at the meeting about what can happen and demonstrating what has happened for us.

“When I first started working on the Chesterfield site it was going to be housing and hyperstores. We went back to the drawing board and came up with a compromise that the developer still made a profit but the community and local economy gained too.”

Instead of concreting the site and putting up houses, the partnership – that consisted of the local council and the developer and other interested parties – decided to extend the canal, build high quality waterside property and a marina.

Planning meetings were held to consult with members of the public and local agencies over what should be included on the site and community groups also played a role.

Dr Coles said: “In Chesterfield we have ended up with a development that has left everyone with a smile on their face.

“My gut feeling is that the same could be achieved in Erewash at the former ironworks site.

“It won’t be easy, and it will take a lot of hard work.

“Relationships will have to be built and everyone will have to get round the table and be prepared to compromise but what could be created as a result of a partnership could really benefit the area in so many ways.”

Tonight’s meeting, (Thursday November 24) has been organised by campaign group Green Squeeze and takes place at the performing arts centre at Friesland School, Sandiacre, at 7.30pm.