Historic England rolls out Heritage Action Zones scheme

20 Jun 17

Local authorities and community groups in areas with rich architectural heritage can now apply for support to help them restore their old buildings.

Historic England is rolling out its Heritage Action Zones initiative to help transform towns and cities and improve their local communities and economies.

The public body is particularly interested to hear from those who would like to use historic buildings to tackle the housing crisis.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “Sadly, some places in England that are rich in heritage are down on their luck.

“Towns and cities that were workshops of the world, thriving fishing ports or happy holiday resorts are in need of a boost.

“Through the Heritage Action Zone initiative, we’re working with local authorities and other partners to help transform places across England and strengthen their local economies.”

Historic England says the money available and number of new zones will depend on the applications it receives.

Ten Heritage Action Zones are already operating in the UK, which were announced in March and share a £6m pot.

The existing zones are in Appleby, Coventry, Elsecar, Hull, King's Lynn, Nottingham, Ramsgate, Sunderland, Sutton and Weston-super-Mare.

All applications for the scheme must come from partnerships consisting of at least one local authority and a public, private or third sector organisation.

The deadline for initial proposals is August 7, 2017.

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