South Derbyshire is one of the fastest growing districts in the country and is currently home to over 99,000 people.
Centrally located with excellent transport links, South Derbyshire is one of the best connected areas in the country and ranks top amongst Britain’s best areas for bringing up a family. The cost of living is low and it has one of the lowest house price to income ratios in the UK.
South Derbyshire has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, having achieved 23 per cent growth in gross value added (GVA) over the last five years. Home to 3,500 business enterprises, among them JCB, Nestlé and Toyota, employment levels and confidence is high for our economy to bounce back stronger from the pandemic.
In South Derbyshire, you’ll find a pleasing mixture of well-developed urban areas and historic rural settlements. Around a third of the District’s population lives in the main commercial and administrative centre of Swadlincote and the rest is predominantly rural in character with a number of small villages with strong local identities and communities. Working with our partners to keep crime and anti-social behaviour to a minimum has cemented South Derbyshire’s reputation as one of the safest places to live in the county.
The District has stunning countryside, and contains a third of The National Forest which, together with other attractions including Calke Abbey, Mercia Marina, Rosliston Forestry Centre and Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, attract more than two million visitors each year. These natural features, combined with historic sites and modern community and leisure facilities, offer an exceptionally varied setting for residents and visitors.