Some of Britain's top planners visited Chesterfield on Friday (11th Feb) putting the spotlight on the contribution the profession has made to regenerating the borough in a tour which encompassed Chesterfield Waterside, the old Dema Glass site, the Casa Hotel and the town centre.
Warmly welcomed by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Councilor Keith Morgan and Mike Hayden, the Council's Head of Regeneration, the group included Richard Summers, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Trudi Elliott RTPI Chief Executive, and James Carpenter, Chairman of the RTPI East Midlands Region.
Richard Summers, President of the RTPI said: \"The progress with urban and rural regeneration in and around Chesterfield is very exciting. I was delighted to meet some of the planners and councilors who are involved in the imaginative projects that are helping to turn Chesterfield round from the mining and manufacturing industries of the past to a modern service-based economy. They are achieving a new and vigorous sense of place with a variety of memorable new buildings and regeneration projects.\"
Cllr Ray Russell, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: \"It was a privilege to show the President and members of the RTPI the recent developments made in Chesterfield. Everyone was very impressed with the work done to date and our plans for further regeneration to make Chesterfield a modern contemporary destination.\"
More information about the visit can be read on the President's blog.