Published: 11th Apr 2019

Over 300 councils have applied for the government’s £675m Future High Street Fund. The fund was first announced in December and according to the government will help local leaders implement ‘bold new visions to transform their town centres’. Towns bidding for the fund will be supported by the High Streets Task Force, which will be established in 2019 and will support local leadership. Up to £55 million of the Fund has also been allocated to support the regeneration of ‘heritage high streets’. The government will now assess the initial applications and make an announcement on places moving forward later this summer. It was created following a report by the chairman of shoe repair chain Timpson, Sir John Timpson, which warned a lack of ‘inspirational and forward-looking’ local leadership, planning issues and a shortage of specialist expertise in space design are contributing to failing town centres. ‘More than 300 bids to the Future High … (To read the full article, subscribe below)