Breaking news: Jobs boost hopes for North Derbyshire

Artist's impression of the Markham Vale development
Artist's impression of the Markham Vale development

THE area’s economy could be set for a massive jobs boost after news that an Enterprise Zone could be established to attract business and industry.

If the zone gets the green light it will be one of the biggest boosts for the north eastern Derbyshire economy for years – and would generate jobs and investment for at least the next 25 years.

Thousands of local jobs could be created following the proposal by Bolsover, Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire District Councils to form part of the proposed new Enterprise Zone on an area of the existing Markham Employment Growth Zone, off junction 29a of the M1.

Markham is one of three sites that will now be put forward to the Government by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to form an ‘Advanced Engineering and Technology Growth spine’ linked to the M1.

In addition to the Markham site, the growth spine would include business and manufacturing land to the north in Rotherham, Sheffield and Barnsley. The LEP Board is currently finalising its plans, which will be submitted for Government approval during June.

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