The Chatsworth Settlement Trustees (CST) have today submitted proposals for 650 new homes on land owned at Mastin Moor, north-east of Chesterfield.


As well as new family homes to buy and rent, the scheme proposes elderly care and specialist accommodation, a local centre including retail, health facilities and other local services, parkland and an extension to the existing Community Garden.


Chesterfield Borough Council has identified Mastin Moor as a Regeneration Priority Area within its Local Plan and supports new housing development.


Draft proposals were shown at public exhibitions in Mastin Moor and Woodthorpe last year. 


“This development will deliver many benefits to the area,” said Will Kemp, CST’s Planning and Development Manager.  “Not only will it provide new, high quality homes to buy and rent including affordable housing, but the existing community garden will be doubled in size and 21 hectares of new parkland, play areas and other green spaces will be provided for existing and new residents.


“CST have been working on these proposals since 2011.  A wide range of surveys and reports have informed the masterplan and we’ve liaised closely with the Borough, County and Town Councils to help ensure this development meets local regeneration needs.  We’re grateful to local residents, including the Friends of Mastin Moor; the Woodthorpe Village Community Group and the Mastin Moor Gardens and Allotments, for their feedback and input”.


The outline planning application - submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council - seeks to establish the principles of developing at Mastin Moor before detailed designs are prepared. 


The Borough Council will now seek comments on the application and a decision is expected later this year.



Note to Editors:

The Chatsworth Settlement, known internally as the Devonshire Group, owns the land and estates of the Dukedom of Devonshire.  Its main estates are in the vicinity of Chatsworth in Derbyshire and Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire.  It also runs visitor and other businesses on these estates, including: hotels; retail and catering outlets; forestry; livestock and arable farming.  It employs over 650 full time employees.  It is committed to quality in all its activities and takes a responsible approach to development; as such, it measures performance in financial as well as social and environmental terms.


Together with the Chatsworth House Trust (registered charity no.1511149), CST’s Derbyshire Estate provides over 450 full time equivalent jobs and contributes c.£50m of enabled Gross Value Added to the local economy each year (Source: New Economics Foundation 2014).  Its income funds socio-economic facilities and environmental management activities (e.g. architectural conservation) without grant support.  CST therefore provides benefits far beyond “just the estate”. 


CST has a range of interests in the Mastin Moor area including: agricultural land supporting modern farming; commercial properties supporting local employment; farmsteads supporting smaller scale rural enterprises; most of the former Staveley Works site which it is seeking to redevelop and thereby help regenerate the area.   



For more information, please contact:

David Peck, Planning and Design Group on 01623 726 256 or

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