Robin Hood Line Enterprise Zone bid

September 24, 2015 9:03 am

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A bid to bring thousands of new jobs, linked to the route of the Robin Hood Line in Ashfield, Mansfield and Newark and Sherwood, has passed its first hurdle.

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership agreed on 14 September to submit a proposal to the Government for a new Enterprise Zone along the Robin Hood Line corridor, including two sites linked to a proposed new branch line to Edwinstowe and Ollerton.

The bid has been developed by Nottinghamshire County Council, in partnership with Ashfield, Mansfield and Newark and Sherwood District Councils and a number of landowners.

It includes four sites in total:

  • Sherwood Energy Village, Ollerton
  • Summit Park, Sutton-in-Ashfield
  • Berry Hill (formerly known as the Lindhurst Development), Mansfield
  • Thoresby Colliery, Edwinstowe

D2N2’s decision to submit the Robin Hood Line Enterprise Zone bid, alongside proposals for two further sites in Derbyshire, has been welcomed by Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Councillor Rhodes said: “Enterprise Zones provide excellent incentives to businesses to invest and create jobs at designated sites, so I am delighted that the D2N2 board has recognised the huge potential of these sites along the Robin Hood Line corridor.

“We have been campaigning for the reintroduction of a Dukeries link on the Robin Hood Line to the communities of Warsop, Edwinstowe and Ollerton for a number of years and we finally received the encouraging news we’d been waiting for this summer when the Government announced it would be minded to fund, or part-fund the capital costs of restoring the rail link.

“We believe that Enterprise Zone status at the sites we’ve identified would secure the maximum economic benefit of restoring this rail link, helping to deliver our ambition for new jobs, new development and new growth in Mansfield, Ashfield and the Dukeries.

“The closure of Thoresby Colliery – Nottinghamshire’s last remaining deep mine – was extremely sad news and signalled the end of an era, but our Enterprise Zone bid, coupled with our recent announcement about plans for a new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre in Edwinstowe, shows that communities affected could yet have a prosperous future.”

Nottinghamshire County Council is currently carrying out feasibility studies on the restoration of the Dukeries rail link to new stations at Warsop, Edwinstowe and Ollerton as an extension to the existing Robin Hood Line between Nottingham, Mansfield and Worksop. The studies will form the basis for a business case and funding application to be submitted to the Government.

Feasibility studies, funded by the County Council regarding the new Dukeries rail link, are underway and we hope to have a business case to present to Government later this year.

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