North Walsham has received a major cash boost to finance an exciting regeneration project in the town centre.
The game-changing award is made up of £975,000 from Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme and £1.17m from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Getting Building Fund.
The awards were secured by North Norfolk District Council, and leader Sarah Bütikofer said: “High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure, which has been further compounded by the covid-19 pandemic. This scheme in North Walsham will enhance the town’s historic character, making it a more attractive, safe and vibrant place for people to live, work and visit, ensuring the town’s long-term economic, social and environmental viability.”
The programme will include improvements to public spaces and repairs and restoration of some of the town’s heritage buildings.
Key projects will include repair and restoration of to the Grade II-listed The Cedars, the former council offices; work to make the Market Place more accessible and attractive; and improving connectivity in the town centre by using lokes and gateways.
The successful programme was devised with the support of a strong local partnership between North Norfolk District Council, North Walsham Town Council and Regenerate North Walsham (RNW CIC) and community consultation and engagement will continue throughout the programme.
Alongside these physical works there will also be a range of community-led programming to bring the town’s rich history to life. It will celebrate the town’s heritage and showcase its stories as well.
Alongside the awarded funding, The National Lottery Heritage Fund is partnering with Historic England and investing £3m in a complementary cultural programme. A consortium of local cultural groups and community organisations, including the North Walsham Heritage Group and Paston College, is being formed to create an exciting range of cultural programming to run alongside the scheme.