Kettering’s High Street Heritage Action Zone secures funding from Historic England for four-year project

Published: Monday, 20th July 2020

Historic England has confirmed funding of £1,480,000 for the Kettering High Street Heritage Action Zone, with the four-year project beginning late summer that will restore our historical town centre.

The HSHAZ is a Historic England initiative intended to breathe new life into town centres by revitalising old buildings and helping to regenerate a vibrant place for locals, businesses and visitors.

The funding of £1,480,000 supports an anticipated total of £4,354,000, including a contribution to commit £2.4 million from Kettering Borough Council towards the cultural-led regeneration plans.

The first milestone of the project will see public realm and street scene improvements in the southern end of the High Street.

We are pleased to have fantastic support from the project board made up of council members: Cllr Dearing, Cllr Edwards and Cllr Adams, Kettering Town Centre Partnership as a business community representative and Kettering Civic Society as the local Historic and Cultural representative.

Sarah Franklin, Chair of the Kettering Town Centre Partnership, said: “I am delighted, as chair of the Kettering Town Centre Partnership, to be the community representative on the Project Board of the HSHAZ.  This project is key to the regeneration of Kettering town centre with the aim to push forward recovery and growth, both economic and cultural.  Kettering has a rich history and I am looking forward to being part of the team ensuring that the Historic England funding, matched by the Council is put to great use in and around Kettering town centre.”

Councillor Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: “It’s fantastic news for the people and businesses of Kettering that Historic England are supporting the town’s historic high street and that the project has been successful in securing the funding necessary. We want to celebrate Kettering’s rich history and support the local economy to thrive in the years ahead, and this regeneration project is an exciting venture for all residents and visitors to the town.”

Notes to Editor

About Heritage Action Zones

Historic England is working with local people and partners through grant funding and sharing skills to help breathe new life into high streets that are rich in heritage and full of promise - unlocking their potential and making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. The High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme, backed by government funding, aims to help with the recovery of local high streets from regenerating historic buildings to helping to engage local communities through art and cultural projects.

Public Consultation on Kettering HSHAZ

Using consultation gathered via the ‘Improvements to the Pedestrian Area’ online survey on www.thisiskettering.com/HAZ, feedback from the Town Centre Conference event held at the Council offices in February and stakeholder engagement, options will be out for public consultation soon on the public realm elements of the HSHAZ project. Technical documents and application forms have been developed for the various grant schemes which will be open for property owners of historic buildings within the HSHAZ area to apply for.

For information on our newly reopened town centres, and for updates on upcoming events, markets, parking and safety in the borough of Kettering, visit: www.thisiskettering.com/reopening