Saturday, October 24, 2020

Kettering’s High Street to receive £4.4m makeover

Kettering Borough Council have secured funding from Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme.

The £4,354,000 project will, over the next four years, revive the historical & heritage elements of the town centre.

£1,480,000 from Historic England, £2,400,000 from Kettering Borough Council plus private sector contributions supports a total investment of £4,354,000, towards cultural-led regeneration plans.

Kettering has been recognised for its rich history, architecture, and key historical figures with connections to some of the town centre’s most historic buildings. Examples include, Sir Alfred East, J.A. Gotch, William Carey, William Knibb, Andrew Fuller, Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria.

Owners of historical buildings within the eligible zone in Kettering can now access grants of up to 80% of the cost of renovating buildings and shop frontages, converting un-used historic buildings, and for building repairs and improvements.

The grants apply to buildings in the conservation area, which includes the High Street, Gold Street, Montagu Street, Silver Street and Market Street.

Lisa Hyde, Executive Director of Kettering Borough Council, said: “Community and culture are at the forefront of this exciting scheme, with plans to bring the history of Kettering to life in new and innovative ways.

“As part of the project, the council will also be delivering public realm and street scene improvement works which aim to revitalise key areas of the town centre, providing a cohesive and attractive high street.”

Councillor Russell Roberts, Leader of Kettering Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Historic England to deliver Kettering’s High Street Heritage Action Zone project.

“The initiative is not only set to revitalise and regenerate our historical buildings, but it is an exciting new venture to allow residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy our town centre.”

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