Chesterfield Community Garden Access Under Threat from Development

The future of Inspire Community Garden in Chesterfield is under threat from a proposed development that could cut off access to the garden. Inspire is a project of Transition Chesterfield which provides an organic demonstration garden on a former piece of wasteland. It is used by various volunteers and a number of children’s groups. Regular visitors include those with disabilities. A proposed healthcare facility development on adjacent land would see vehicular and disabled access to the garden cut off. As deliveries of items such as compost would no longer be possible, the project would be forced to close.

In an objection lodged with the local authority, the group have said: ‘We are not at all opposed to the development of the site or the facilities proposed but we strongly object to the lack of consideration given to providing accesses to the Inspire Community garden, and the impact on the local community, the large number of visitors to the community garden and the many volunteers who engage in this worthwhile project.’

Although the deadline for objections by post has passed, all email objections will be considered if sent anytime up to the date the application is considered. More information: