Regenerating Historic High Streets through Heritage Action Zones
Historic England is now inviting Expressions of Interest to our High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme.
In May 2019, Historic England launched a new £44 million fund to work with partners to find new ways to champion and revive our historic high streets through the High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme.
What historic high streets have to offer
High streets bring value to places. When properly cared for, high streets are the focus not only of local commerce, but also of the local community.
They hold stories of how our places were, and continue to be, shaped by the people who live and work there. Those stories, manifested in the built environment, are presented in the form of the unique character of a place; character that gives people a sense of connection and ownership, leading to social cohesion, better quality of life and more confident and more resilient places.
Why they need our help
But many high streets are struggling. Competition from out of town retail parks and online stores has taken its toll and vacant premises are on the increase. The character of our historic high streets is suffering, making them less desirable places to be.
The High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme
By extending Historic England’s successful Heritage Action Zone initiative, we will deliver a four-year programme of physical improvements, community engagement and cultural activities to regenerate England’s struggling historic high streets and town centres around the country. To do this, we’ll be working closely with local authorities, Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce and other community groups.
How to apply
Historic England is now inviting Expressions of Interest for the High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme.
To find out more, click here.