North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), working in close partnership with North Walsham Town Council, Regenerate North Walsham CIC and other community partners, have recently put in a bid for North Walsham to the Heritage Action Zone funding scheme.
The grant fund, administered by Historic England, would allow North Walsham to restore the town centre’s historic character with a particular focus on Market Place and its adjoining roads. The plans have been created through a strong local partnership and will complement the planned improvements to St Nicholas Court precinct, which was recently awarded £100,000 through the NNDC Market Town Initiative. It is hoped that Historic England funding would support town centre regeneration by improving accessibility, highlighting the town’s heritage and encouraging cultural activities.
A decision on the bid is anticipated in the autumn. If successful, a programme design phase would follow, entailing further community engagement and consultation preceding the formal start of the project in April 2021.
Cllr Virginia Gay, member for North Walsham Market cross and NNDC Portfolio Holder for Culture & Wellbeing, said: “Our hope is that North Walsham will benefit both economically and culturally, welcoming local residents, the surrounding communities and visitors alike. It was very inspiring to see so many people come together in support of our application.”