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Historic high streets to receive cash boost

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Coventry has been awarded £2m for a project in The Burges, the city’s ancient shopping street - one of the few remaining areas in the city to have survived the Second World War bombing and the resulting post-war developments. Photo: G.Demetri


[edit] Introduction

On 14 September 2019, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced the locations that will benefit from a £95m heritage boost for high streets in 69 towns across the country. The indicative allocation by region is as follows:

  • London and the South East: £14.3m.
  • South West: £13.7m.
  • East of England: £7m.
  • Midlands: £21.1m.
  • North East and Yorkshire: £17.2m.
  • North West: £18.7m.

[edit] The 69 locations

The 69 locations can be viewed on Historic England’s Google Map.

According to DCMS, DHCLG and HM Treasury:

The initiative will be funded by combining £40m from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund with £52m from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund. And £3m will be provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets.

The investment builds on the successful Heritage Action Zones programme, run by Historic England, and will turn empty and underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing to support wider regeneration in the 69 successful areas by attracting future commercial investment.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Our nation’s heritage is one of our great calling cards to the world, attracting millions of visitors to beautiful historic buildings that sit at the heart of our communities. It is right that we ensure these buildings are preserved for future generations but it is important that we make them work for the modern world. This £95 m will help breathe new life into high streets all over England, benefiting businesses, supporting our much-loved buildings and helping to make our communities more attractive places to live, work and visit.”

The funding will be used for a variety of projects, including:

Communities Secretary of State Robert Jenrick said: “I want to make sure the nation’s high streets continue to be at the heart of local communities. Today’s funding, part of the £3.6bn we have committed to helping towns across the country, will revitalise much-loved historic buildings, helping to reverse the decline of our town centres. Ensuring that prosperity and opportunities are available to everyone in this country, not just those in our biggest cities, is a priority of this government in our mission to ‘level up’ the regions.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, said: “We are doubling funding to nearly £100mto revitalise our heritage high streets, ensuring they remain at the heart of our communities for years to come. This will help places across the country – from South Norwood to Scarborough – protect their treasured historic buildings and support local economies to thrive.”

Historic England’s Chief Executive, Duncan Wilson said: “Our high streets are the beating hearts of our communities. Many have roots that go back hundreds of years. Their historic buildings and distinctive character tell the story of how our towns and cities have changed over time. They are places where people come together to socialise, shop, run businesses and be part of their local community, but now they face an uncertain future. Through physical improvements and cultural activities, we will work with partners to find new ways to regenerate our high streets. It is a challenge, but with our experience and track record, as well as the knowledge and passion of local councils, businesses and community groups, our historic high streets can be thriving social hubs once more.”

[edit] Successful projects include:

[edit] About this article

This article appeared previously on the website of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) in September 2019. It can be accessed HERE.

Other articles by IHBC on Designing Buildings Wiki are HERE.

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