Around 6,500 new jobs and investment totalling hundreds of millions of pounds could be brought to the Sheffield City Region if plans for an Enterprise Zone at Harworth was given the go-ahead, according to Bassetlaw District Council.
The North Nottinghamshire council is asking the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to throw its weight behind a bid to transform a 272 acre greenfield site, beside the A1M.
The site is just over five-and-a-half miles from Robin Hood Airport, has links to the M18, M180, M1 and M62 via the A1M, an existing railhead and is free from contamination, says the authority.
Bassetlaw Council says the site meets all the criteria laid out by the Government for Enterprise Zone Status and would attract new businesses to the Sheffield City Region.
It adds that the site offers the potential for complementary growth in Doncaster and Rotherham, but sufficiently far away from established business locations, like Markham Vale, to ensure it wouldn’t lead to businesses moving from those areas.
“The access to the motorway networks, the availability of easily serviced land, the proximity to Robin Hood Airport and rail head on site make the A1M an attractive proposition to the market. With the addition of Enterprise Zone status to this already attractive mix, the interest and investment levels will be massive,” says the Bassetlaw proposal.
Industries that could be attracted to the site include healthcare, engineering, environmental technologies, digital manufacturing, food technology and logistics.
What’s more, Bassetlaw Council says talks with North Notts College about relocating its Food Technology Training Centre to Harworth, from Worksop, are at an advanced stage and could lead to the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Food Production and Technology, with workspace and training facilities on the proposed Enterprise Zone site.
Graham Oxby, the new leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Our bid meets all the criteria laid out by the LEP Board. It’s a fantastic location in terms of size and transport links, and with no contamination issues or flood risk, it won’t cost a penny in remedial works. This will bring thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions in investment. It’s good for Harworth and good for Bassetlaw, but it’s great for the Sheffield City Region.”
The Enterprise Zone bid has won backing from Harworth and Bircotes Town Council, and Bassetlaw’s Labour MP John Mann.
Sheffield City Region LEP is expected to decide by the end of the month which Enterprise Zone proposals it wishes to back, and will submit to the Government in early June.