£6m scheme to help bring structures back to life
Ten places in England will be the first to share a £6 million funding pot to help bring neglected listed buildings back to life.
The initiative from Historic England will see buildings from Weston-super-Mare to Sunderland brought back into use as housing, retail or community spaces while conservation areas will be improved to kick start regeneration and historic sites developed as visitor attractions.
Called Heritage Action Zones, the 10 will receive funding over a three to five year period with Historic England working with councils to help them spot heritage potential, restore neglected places and ensure new developments reflect local character and identity.
Heritage minister Tracey Crouch said: “Making the most out of our listed buildings will help attract more tourists, reinvigorate local areas, and grow local economies, meaning residents and businesses across the country will benefit.”
Historic England plans to award Heritage Action Zone status to more towns, cities and villages over the next two years. Applications will open again this May.
Elsecar, South Yorkshire
Hull Old Town
Sutton, south London
30 January 2017
29 November 2016
23 November 2015