High Streets Heritage Action Zone Green Light For £1.1m for Dunstable

Historic England has announced that Dunstable High Street is being given the green light for the Historic England regeneration scheme to aid local economic recovery. Dunstable has been offered grant funding of £1,144,000.

To implement a local scheme, Dunstable Town Council advertised the post of High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) Programme Manager (salary range £32,878 rising to £35,934).

In all, 68 historic high streets across England to have been offered government funding through the High Streets Heritage Action Zone* (HSHAZ) programme delivered by Historic England.  The programme will give high streets a new lease of life and help them recover from declining footfall and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The news was welcomed by local MP, Andrew Selous.

The lead partners for the local scheme, Dunstable Town Council, are working with Historic England to develop and deliver schemes that will transform and restore disused and dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, workplaces and community spaces, restoring local historic character and improving public realm.

A year ago the money was promised, and 'Dunstable Town Centre Blog' wrote, “The funding will concentrate on the conservation and restoration of Priory House’s 12th-century undercroft and the High street South elevation of the property. These works will take the building off of the Historic England buildings ‘at risk’ register.

“The repair and conservation of poor-quality buildings along High Street South is also included in the scheme. Working with owners, in a third-party grant scheme, it is hoped that necessary repairs will be made, and vacant properties filled and brought back to life. The vision of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone is to bring life and a sense of pride back to the neglected historical core of Dunstable’s High Street – High Street South and Middle Row – restoring, preserving and promoting.”

*The High Streets Heritage Action Zone initiative is funded with £40 million from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund and £52 million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund. A further £3 million will be provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme.

Allocations in the East of England
Great Yarmouth £980,742
Bedford £1,760,000
King's Lynn £800,000
Dunstable £1,144,000
North Walsham £975,000
Lowestoft £565,000
Swaffham £380,000
Total £6,604,742