Hopeful progress at business site

Markham Vale aerial impression
Markham Vale aerial impression

COUNCIL chiefs have welcomed progress on the Markham Vale Employment Growth Zone site with the on-going construction of a massive new warehouse and plans for a McDonalds restaurant and other developments in the pipeline.

Staveley Town Council reported during its public meeting this month how part of the site, off Junction 29A, off the M1, near Bolsover, had won Enterprise status as an advanced manufacturing centre with discount business rates and simpler planning rules.

Car distributor Andrew Page Ltd is now building its new national distribution centre warehouse at Markham Vale and work is expected to be completed this summer with the creation of 120 new jobs.

The development has been welcomed by Derbyshire County Cllr Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, as part of the site’s overall aim of creating 5,000 jobs.

Chesterfield Borough Council confirmed it has also given planning permission for a new McDonald’s restaurant on the site.

And, according to Staveley Town Council, there are further plans under consideration for a petrol station, a hotel and a pub with work on a western access road linking to Bolsover expected to start in the summer.

The multi-million pound Markham Employment Growth Zone was launched in July 2008 as a partnership project led by Derbyshire County Council in conjunction with Bolsover District, Chesterfield Borough and North East Derbyshire District councils as well as developers Henry Boot Ltd.

It involved the creation of Junction 29A, on the M1, which was dubbed Skinner Junction after the Bolsover MP. The county council and Henry Boot Ltd originally set the site a target of creating 5,000 new jobs and £130m of investment.