Published: 22nd May 2019

The government has announced a £62m fund to improve ‘heritage’ high streets across the country. The funding will be used to regenerate places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing. Treasury research claims that for every £1 invested in heritage in England, £1.60 is brought into the wider area. As part of the package, £44m will be spent creating dozens of ‘High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ overseen by Historic England. Local authorities can now apply to the scheme, which will give councils, businesses and community groups access to expert advice and investment to bring historic buildings back into use and support historic high streets to adapt to the challenges they face. A £15m ‘Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme’ will also open in June to support social enterprises take ownership of and bring buildings of local importance – such as pubs, libraries or theatres, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)