Residents in areas like Clowne, Creswell and Whitwell are to get a major employment boost in their area after plans were announced to create 5,000 new jobs on their doorsteps.
The Markham Vale Environment Centre, which is at the heart of Derbyshire County Council’s Markham Vale regeneration site close to junction 29A of the M1, is to be extended in a £975,000 scheme.
The funding will be used to develop the northern part of site, including a new link road, where the former Seymour Colliery site once stood.
It is already home to 28 businesses employing over 400 people and once the new developments are completed, the site is expected to employ around 5,000 people at full capacity.
Markham Vale has also been granted Enterprise Zone status by the Government, meaning firms moving to some areas of the site can apply for Enhanced Capital Allowances – offering tax relief for major investment in plant and machinery.
Coun Joan Dixon, Derbyshire Council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “The Markham Environment Centre has been a huge success and continues to play a key role in our work to deliver jobs for Derbyshire people.”
“The centre’s expansion will double the amount of space available for use by companies which are already on site and those thinking of setting up at Markham to bring jobs for local people.”
“This adds to the strong foundations which we’ve put in place to ensure Markham Vale is in a position to flourish as the economy picks up.”