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The District of North East Derbyshire was formed in 1974 comprising Chesterfield Rural District Council and the Urban Districts of Clay Cross and Dronfield.

A population of almost 100,000 residents is spread across the heart of the former North Derbyshire Coalfield, covering an area of approximately 100 square miles.

The District is one of contrasts being a combination of rural and urban settlements. The more prosperous communities are not now so distinct and you will find a mix of affluent and developing areas throughout the District. It is bounded on the west by the Pennines and the Peak District, to the north lies the city of Sheffield, to the east Sherwood Forest and to the south the Midland plains.

North East Derbyshire wraps around the neighbouring Borough of Chesterfield to the north, south and west. Chesterfield is an important employment centre for the surrounding settlements and is the second largest shopping centre in Derbyshire. This tends to have an influence on the smaller shopping centres located in North East Derbyshire and on residents shopping patterns.

The District is fully parished with 24 Parish Councils. The District Council works closely with the Parish Councils and particularly values their close links with the communities of North East Derbyshire.

The majority of the District of North East Derbyshire falls within the Parliamentary Constituency of North East Derbyshire, with the remainder forming part of the Parliamentary Constituency of Bolsover.


Geographically the District is centrally located with excellent road and rail links with the south-east, Scotland and the east coast ports.

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The resident population of North East Derbyshire, as measured in the 2001 Census, was 96,940, of which 49 per cent were male and 51 per cent were female. The same census identifies that we have a minority ethnic population of 1.1%.

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The economy of North East Derbyshire has traditionally been based upon the coal, steel and heavy engineering industries. The decline of these industries over the last 20 years has led to a dramatic increase in unemployment in the more heavily populated eastern parts of the District. The western areas are rural and agricultural in character and have suffered from the decline in agriculture. The Council is committed to the regeneration of these areas and the economic well being of the District.

The town centres of Clay Cross, Dronfield, Eckington and Killamarsh are identified as major retail centres within the District and the Council will continue to promote opportunities for redevelopment and new development within these centres in order to maintain and promote their vitality and viability in the face of competition from the nearby larger centres of Sheffield and Chesterfield.

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The Council has established industrial estates throughout the District to encourage new employment and in recent years has constructed business centres at Coney Green, Clay Cross and Westthorpe, Killamarsh.

A major employment sector in the District is manufacturing which accounts for 24.1% of all jobs. This level exceeds those seen at County, Regional and National levels. Recent years have also seen a rise in service based employment.

The number of business properties within the District in 2006 was 2365.

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The tourism industry is important to the District's economic prosperity and in addition to the attractive high quality environment of the western part of the District there are many tourist attractions that reflect the area’s industrial heritage.

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