A further 57 English high streets will receive a share of over £830 million to improve transport links, build new homes and transform underused spaces in a key milestone for the government’s levelling up agenda.
In total, 72 English high streets – from Penzance to South Shields – will share over £830 million, with 57 of these areas announced today.
As pubs, cinemas, bowling alleys and more open up this week, this funding will provide a much-needed boost for towns as they safely welcome shoppers and visitors back to their high streets.
The funding is part of the government’s plan to protect, support and create thousands of jobs in a range of industries, delivering opportunities and prosperity to communities across England.
Confirmed plans include:
- £17.28 million for Grimsby will create a new multiplex cinema and market food hall, which hopes to boost visitor numbers to the town centre. A new public square and events space will be created bringing more vitality and buzz to the high street.
- £13.96 million investment for Taunton to build new homes, business spaces and hospitality venues, as well as an outdoor performance venue for events to boost visitor numbers.
- £6.28 million for Sutton-in-Ashfield for the refurbishment of the Sutton Academy theatre space and repurposing of vacant retail space into offices and hospitality venues. A new pop-up food and events space as well as better pedestrian links will encourage more local people to visit the town centre for special events and festivals.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
The Future High Streets Fund was launched in December 2018 and is a key part of the government’s plan to renew and reshape town centres – making them a more attractive place to live, work and visit. It is just one of the ways the government is supporting the retail and hospitality sector.
Support for high streets
- The government launched the Welcome Back Fund in March 2021 to help councils boost tourism, improve green spaces and provide more outdoor seating areas, markets and food stall pop-ups – giving people more safer options to reunite with friends and relatives throughout the summer.
- The High Street Homes Permitted Development Rights will make it easier for disused buildings to be repurposed and provide housing.
- Providing restaurants, pubs and cafes with the freedom to offer takeaway services; and making it easier for businesses and communities to host markets and stalls so customers can be served safely.
- A generous package of support to businesses and communities, with over £35 billion in financial support since the start of the pandemic.
- Through the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund, the £220 million Community Renewal Fund and the £3.6 billion Towns Fund the government is investing in long-term infrastructure projects to level up our towns and rural areas and ensure the vitality of our town centres for years to come.
- The government has published its response to the Parking Code Framework which will curb unfair tickets and tackle cowboy parking firms through a new, simplified appeals process. Caps on private parking fines for millions of motorists are also set to be introduced. This will give drivers more confidence in heading into town knowing they won’t be unfairly penalised by rogue operators.
The 57 places awarded funding today are:
- Leamington Town Spa, Warwick (Warwickshire) – £10,015,121
- Nuneaton Town Centre, Nuneaton and Bedworth (Warwickshire) – £13,331,637
- Wolverhampton City Centre – £15,760,196
- Walsall – £11,439,967
- Newcastle-Under-Lyme – £11,048,260
- Stafford – £14,377,723
- Tottenham, Haringey – £10,019,647
- Woolwich Town Centre, Greenwich – £17,150,964
- Wealdstone, Harrow – £7,448,583
- Putney Town Centre, Wandsworth – £1,058,706
- Elland Town Centre, Calderdale (West Yorkshire) – £6,310,812
- Northallerton, Hambleton (North Yorkshire) – £6,085,013
- Rotherham – £12,660,708
- Halifax – £11,762,823
- Barnsley Town Centre – £15,624,456
- Scunthorpe – £10,675,323
- New Ferry, Wirral – £3,213,523
- Wigan – £16,633,692
- Crewe – £14,148,128
- Rochdale (Greater Manchester) – £17,080,457
- Farnworth, Bolton (Greater Manchester) – £13,276,817
- Oldham – £10,750,179
- Kirkham Town Centre, Fylde – £6,290,831
- Maryport Town Centre, Allerdale – £11,527,839
- Carlisle City Centre – £9,124,606
- Plymouth City Centre – £12,046,873
- Barnstable, North Devon – £6,548,876
- Newton Abbot, Teignbridge – £9,025,771
- Paignton, Torbay – £13,363,248
- Kingswood, South Gloucestershire – £12,555,464
- Salisbury City Centre – £9,355,301
- Penzance, Cornwall – £10,403,112
- Trowbridge, Wiltshire – £16,347,056
- Yeovil – £9,756,897
- Taunton, Somerset – £13,962,981
- Loftus, Redcar and Cleveland – £5,833,526
- Middlesbrough Centre – £14,170,352
- Stockton – £16,543,812
- South Shields – £5,959,187
- Derby City Centre, St Peters Cross – £15,034,000
- Sutton-in-Ashfield (Nottinghamshire) – £6,279,871
- Grantham, South Kesteven (Lincolnshire) – £5,556,042
- Grimsby (North East Lincolnshire) – £17,280,917
- Nottingham City Centre, West End Point – £12,523,981
- Heanor, Amber Valley – £8,592,837
- Northampton – £8,427,625
- Buxton, High Peak – £6,608,222
- Dover Town Centre and Waterfront – £3,196,497
- Newhaven, Lewes – £5,004,938
- Chatham Town Centre, Medway – £9,497,720
- Ramsgate, Thanet – £2,704,213
- Commercial Road, Portsmouth – £3,122,375
- Fratton, Portsmouth – £3,858,489
- High Wycombe – £11,779,904
- St Neots, Huntingdonshire – £3,748,815
- March High Street, Fenland – £6,447,129
- Great Yarmouth – £13,774,430