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Second phase of multimillion-pound fund for high streets gets under way

Words: Huw Morris

Around 50 areas are going through to the second phase of a £675 million fund to revitalise struggling high streets.

The Future High Streets Fund was launched last December under government moves to help local communities reinvent their town centres.

The successful areas will now receive up to £150,000 to work on detailed project proposals from their initial plans, with the government focusing on places with ‘shovel-ready’ schemes.

In other government moves, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, together with the Architectural Heritage Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fund, announced a £62 million package last month to breathe new life into historic high streets.

Meanwhile, the government has also announced that it is extending the deadline for entries into the Great British High Street Awards until July 11. More than 200 entries have been so far received and an independent panel is set to shortlist 40 finalists later this year.

A list of the local authorities invited to develop their business cases under the Future High Streets Fund is available here. 

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