Enterprise zone bid to fuel growth

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THE Government is to be asked to give the go-ahead for an economy-boosting Enterprise Zone which will span three of the seven sites that were being proposed for the Sheffield City Region.

Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board members want to see a zone that takes in sites in the Dearne Valley and surrounding the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley, continuing down the M1 corridor to Henry Boot’s Markham Vale development at Junction 29a.

LEP chairman James Newman said: “The LEP Board has agreed to the development of a zone which will be led by growth in the city region’s key sectors, linked by Advanced Engineering and Technology.

“This will maximise the benefits across the City Region and will support the Partnership’s long-term vision for the economy of the City Region as well as UK plc.”

The LEP wants to create what it describes as an ‘advanced engineering and technology growth spine,’ linked to the MI corridor, with major developments close to Junctions 36, 34 and 29a.

Proposals for zones in Barnsley and Chesterfield, at Robin Hood Airport and nearby at Harworth have all lost out, but the LEP’s plan offers something for Barnsley, Chesterfield, Rotherham and Sheffield – all key parts of the City Region.

Mr Newman praised all seven proposals, saying a strong case had been put forward.

The final package of sites to make up the Enterprise Zone proposal submitted to the Government is still to be decided and will depend on talks involving the LEP, councils, landowners and Government.

“We still have a little further to go in finalising the exact details of our Enterprise Zone submission and the final proposal will be based on further assessment of its deliverability and of market demand,” said Mr Newman.

Enterprise Zones must show they can create economic growth and additional jobs in the wider city region.