A new £40m Government funding package has been announced to regenerate historic high streets. The package will be delivered by extending Historic England’s successful Heritage Action Zone initiative, which has already brought several historic high streets back into life, including Derby’s Cathedral Quarter (pictured). Historic England will work with local authorities, business improvement districts, chambers of commerce and others to deliver a four-year programme of physical improvements and cultural activities in historic high streets and town centres around the country. The Heritage Action Zones initiative will run alongside the Transforming Places through Heritage programme where Architectural Heritage Fund advisors will support community schemes to deliver new uses for historic buildings on high streets. The total fund for restoring historic high streets is £55 million. Historic England has a track record of working with partners to change the fortunes of flagging historic urban centres. Successes range from Whitstable in the 1980s … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

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