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£830 million funding boost for England's high streets



Up to £830 million from the Future High Streets Fund will be invested in 72 areas across England in what the government describes as a “major boost for local high streets”.


The funding is aimed at transforming high streets into vibrant hubs for future generations as well as protecting and creating thousands of jobs.


In a key milestone for the government’s levelling up agenda, this investment is also designed to help areas recover from the pandemic while also driving long term growth.


The government hopes it will enable the delivery of ambitious regeneration plans and fund new local projects such as improvements to transport infrastructure, new homes and the transformation of underused spaces.


Swindon and Sunderland City Centre have been granted the most funding at £25 million each while other town centres set to benefit range from Dover in Kent, which has been awarded just over £3 million, to Penzance in Cornwall, which will receive £10 million.


Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “The year ahead will be a big one for the high street as it seeks to recover, adapt and evolve as a result of the pandemic. Today’s £830 million investment from the Future High Streets Fund is one of many ways the government is working to help our much-loved town centres get through this and prosper into the future.


“The role of high street has always evolved. We want to support that change and make sure that they are the beating heart of their local community – with high quality housing and leisure in addition to shops and restaurants.


“This investment will help us build back better and make town centres a more attractive place to live, work and visit.”


The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, added: “We are supporting our high streets to get through this pandemic through business grants, paying people’s wages and tax deferrals. The Future High Streets Fund will help areas bounce back through regeneration projects that level up opportunities and create jobs right across the country.”


The Future High Streets Fund was launched in December 2018 to help renew and reshape town centres – making them a more attractive place to live, work and visit.


Fifteen areas across England have been awarded a confirmed £255 million from the Future High Streets Fund. A further 57 areas have received a provisional funding offers totalling up to £576 million and we will be working with them to finalise their proposals.


The 15 places who are receiving full funding are:

  1. Tamworth Town Centre – Tamworth, £21,652,555

  2. Sunderland City Centre – Sunderland, £25,000,000

  3. Sutton – Sutton, £11,346,704

  4. Bishop Auckland – Durham, £19,856,853

  5. Blyth Town Centre – Northumberland, £11,121,059

  6. Kidderminster – Wyre Forest, £20,510,598

  7. Old Kent Road – Southwark, £9,605,854

  8. Swindon – Swindon, £25,000,000

  9. Stockport – Stockport, £14,500,000

  10. 10.Winsford – Cheshire West and Chester, £9,980,000

  11. 11.Sheffield High Street – Sheffield, £15,817,001

  12. 12.Blackfriars, Northern City Centre – Worcester, £17,939,000

  13. 13.Birkenhead – Wirral, £24,581,011

  14. 14.Brierley Hill High Town Centre – Dudley, £9,985,689

  15. 15.Stretford – Trafford, £17,605,674

The 57 places receiving provisional funding offers are:

  1. Leamington Town Spa, Warwick (Warwickshire) – £10,015,121

  2. Nuneaton Town Centre, Nuneaton and Bedworth (Warwickshire) – £13,362,736

  3. Wolverhampton City Centre – £15,760,196

  4. Walsall – £11,439,967

  5. Newcastle-Under-Lyme – £11,048,260

  6. Stafford – £14,377,723

  7. Tottenham, Haringey – £10,019,648

  8. Woolwich Town Centre, Greenwich – £17,150,964

  9. Wealdstone, Harrow – £7,448,583

  10. 10.Putney Town Centre, Wandsworth – £1,058,706

  11. Elland Town Centre, Calderdale (West Yorkshire) – £6,310,812

  12. Northallerton, Hambleton (North Yorkshire) – £6,085,013

  13. Rotherham – £12,660,708

  14. Halifax – £11,762,823

  15. Barnsley Towns Centre – £15,624,456

  16. Scunthorpe – £10,675,323

  17. New Ferry, Wirral – £3,213,523

  18. Wigan – £16,633,691

  19. Crewe – £14,148,128

  20. Rochdale (Greater Manchester) – £17,080,458

  21. Farnworth, Bolton (Greater Manchester) – £13,306,817

  22. Oldham – £10,750,237

  23. Kirkham Town Centre, Fylde – £6,290,831

  24. Maryport Town Centre, Allerdale – £11,527,839

  25. Carlisle City Centre – £9,129,874

  26. Plymouth City Centre – £12,046,873

  27. Barnstaple, North Devon – £6,548,876

  28. Newton Abbot, Teignbridge – £9,199,364

  29. Paignton, Torbay – £13,363,248

  30. Kingswood, South Gloucestershire – £12,555,464

  31. Salisbury City Centre – £9,355,731

  32. Penzance, Cornwall – £10,403, 112

  33. Trowbridge, Wiltshire – £16,347,056

  34. Yeovil – £9,756,897

  35. Taunton, Somerset – £13,962,981

  36. Loftus, Redcar and Cleveland – £5,833,628

  37. Middlesbrough Centre – £14,170,352

  38. Stockton – £16,543,812

  39. South Shields – £5,959,187

  40. Derby City Centre, St Peters Cross – £15,034,398

  41. Sutton-in-Ashfield (Nottinghamshire) – £6,279,872

  42. Grantham, South Kesteven (Lincolnshire) – £5,558,818

  43. Grimsby (North East Lincolnshire) – £17,280,917

  44. Nottingham City Centre, West End Point – £12,523,981

  45. Heanor, Amber Valley – £8,592,837

  46. Northampton – £8,442,730

  47. Buxton, High Peak – £6,608,223

  48. Dover Town Centre and Waterfront – £3,202,226

  49. Newhaven, Lewes – £5,004,939

  50. Chatham Town Centre, Medway – £9,497,720

  51. Ramsgate, Thanet – £2,704,213

  52. Commercial Road, Portsmouth (Hampshire) – £3,122,375

  53. Fratton, Portsmouth – £3,858,489

  54. High Wycombe – £11,886,876

  55. St Neots, Huntingdonshire – £3,748,815

  56. March High Street, Fenland – £6,447,129

  57. Great Yarmouth – £13,774,430

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