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Heritage project launched to bring ‘places back to life’

Words: Laura Edgar
King's Lynn

Historic England has established a £6 million nationwide project aimed at bringing “historic places back to life” to attract residents, tourists, businesses and investors, and create economic growth in 10 areas across in England.

The first 10 places will received the funding over the next three to five years.

The money will go towards restoring listed buildings and bringing them back into use as housing, retail or community space, while conservation areas will be improved to kick-start regeneration. Historic sites will be developed as visitor attractions under the project.

The Heritage Action Zones are in:

  • Appleby, Cumbria
  • Coventry
  • Elsecar, Barnsley
  • Hull Old Town
  • King’s Lynn
  • Nottingham
  • Ramsgate
  • Sunderland
  • Sutton
  • Weston-super-Mare

Historic England said it will support local authorities through grant funding, training and sharing skills. This will include helping equip councils to spot heritage potential, restore neglected places and ensure that new developments reflect local character.

The zones were announced in the culture white paper, launched in March 2016.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “Through Heritage Action Zones we are providing help where it’s needed most. England’s rich heritage is one of our greatest capital assets and it’s time to use it to bring about positive change in our communities. The historic environment offers people a sense of place, a sense of pride and a sense of belonging – and it helps millions earn a living in this country. Everyone should have a share in its potential.”

More information about the action zones can be found on the Historic England website.

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