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North Derbyshire tourism set for £400 million boost

A brand new development has been announced for Chesterfield that could see hundreds of thousands of people descend on the town.

£400 million will be spent on a site between the town and Dronfield to turn a disused golf course in to what the council are calling a world class holiday resort. The Peak Resort will be based on the Birchall Estate at Unstone and will replace the current Birchall Golf and Leisure facility which hasn’t been in use for the past two years.

Work on the site, which has been spearheaded by developer Rupert Carr, is expected to begin as soon as March. Such a quick start to construction is expected as funding was the final piece of the jigsaw to make the project happen. Once construction is underway it is anticipated 300 jobs will be created to work on the project and complete it within the next two to three years.

Once the facility is up and running it is expected to create 1,300 jobs for the local area as well as be a major boost for both the local and counties tourism industry.

Birchall Golf and Leisure centre was constructed on land which was formally an opencast mining site. The Club was opened in 1992 but closed 20 years later and the site has sat empty since then.

Once construction work is complete on the Peak Resort the site will be home to 250 woodland lodges and hobbit homes, 600 holiday apartments and a hotel. The indoor facilities, which will be shielded from the elements by a number of unique dome structures similar to the ones at the Eden Project in Cornwall, will also be joined by an 18-hole PGA standard golf course along with 300 acres of park and woodland for walking and cycling in.

As well as the increase in popularity the project could bring the local area it is also hoped Chesterfield and the surrounding area will be able to benefit from an increase in the amount of money people using the facility will be spend once they venture away from the resort and into North Derbyshire.

No date has been set for the opening of the Peak Resort.

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