About South Derbyshire

South Derbyshire is one of the fastest growing districts in the country and is currently home to over 99,000 people.

It has transformed itself during the past few decades from a clay and mining area to a thriving, attractive place to live, work and visit. This will continue – we’re planning to deliver 12,800 new homes by 2026.

Centrally located with unrivalled 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% growth in gross value added (GVA) over the last five years. Home to 3,500 business enterprises, among them JCB, Nestle and Toyota, unemployment is very low in the District. 

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 its main commercial and administrative centre of Swadlincote and the rest of the district 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.

We are home to some stunning countryside, and the district 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 alike.


You’ll find a pleasing mixture of well-developed urban areas and historic rural settlements.

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