Eco-economy enterprises and green technologies, flourishing in what was once one of the mostly heavily polluted areas of Western Europe, is the ambitious vision for the Dearne Valley Enterprise Zone proposals.
The proposals centre around 247 acres of land, spread across 27 key development sites on either side of the Dearne Valley Parkway, running from the M1 to the A1M, making it the second largest scheme, after Bassetlaw’s Harworth project.
The Dearne Valley scheme spans three local authority areas – Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham – and involves land and property owned by private individuals and businesses, soon to be abolished regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and, possibly, UK Coal.
If the patchwork of sites was to secure Enterprise Zone status, supporters believe they would be suitable for a mixture manufacturing and office developments.
Occupiers could come from a variety of sectors, but many would be expected to build on the Dearne Valley Eco-Vision, which is already part of the Sheffield City Region LEP strategy.