Kettering Borough Council encourages community groups to apply for the Open Door Project

Published: Tuesday, 9th April 2019

The nationwide scheme will see landlords turn their empty shops into vibrant community hubs open to the public.

Kettering has been selected as one of five pilot areas across the country for the ‘Open door project’ which will run for 12 months from spring/summer 2019.

The nationwide scheme will see landlords turn their empty shops into vibrant community hubs open to the public. The pilot is being managed by the charity Meanwhile Foundation, in partnership with Meanwhile Space CIC Through this partnership and with the support of the landlord, Open Doors will help community groups make good use of Kettering’s high street.

Rochelle Mathieson, Head of Commercial Development at Kettering Borough Council said:

"We are extremely pleased that Kettering High Street has been selected as one of five areas to take part in the scheme nationally and would like to congratulate the landlord involved. We would now encourage all interested community groups and individuals to apply to use the space, which will be offered free of charge to those selected to deliver their projects. This represents a fantastic opportunity for local groups to test their ideas and deliver projects that bring a positive social change."

At the time of the initiative being announced, Kettering Borough Council’s Economic Development Team advertised the opportunity to the local high street landlords and the Council is extremely pleased to recognise that Kettering has been selected, with 48 High Street shortly to undergo refurbishment in readiness.

Kettering Borough Council encourages community groups to apply to use the space free of charge via the online application form