Planners examine enterprise zone proposals

TWO Rotherham area bids for new enterprise zones have been received by regional planners.

They include the Dearne M1 corridor, where a series of sites totalling more than 100 hectares are under consideration.

Proposals will build on the Dearne Valley Eco-Vision by focusing on the growth of eco-economy enterprises and the development of green technologies.

The other site is known as the “Modern Manufacturing Priority Area” between Sheffield and Rotherham.

This area is regarded as strategically important as it straddles the borders of the two local authorities which together form one of the largest concentrations of modern manufacturing in the UK.

The deadline for submissions to the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership has now passed and proposals are being scrutinised.

James Newman, chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “We invited submissions from across the Sheffield City Region and the LEP Board will how consider those received with a view to making a final decision by the end of the month.

“This is a huge opportunity for the Sheffield City Region to maximise the economic growth that an Enterprise Zone will stimulate and in considering proposals the LEP Board will ensure it is focussed on zones that will bring the most benefit to the region as a whole, as well as meeting the Government’s requirements.”