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£95m funding to breathe new life into town centres

Disused historic buildings in 69 English town centres are to be transformed into homes, shops and community centres.

The Government has announced £95 million of funding to help breathe new life into struggling urban centres.

The cash will help retailers fight off the competition from online shopping while encouraging people to return to live in town centres.

Empty buildings transformed

The funding will come from three different departments and aims to build on Historic England’s Heritage Action Zones programme.

Empty and underused buildings in 69 English towns will be turned into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing.

Working for modern world

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced the funding, saying: “Our nation’s heritage is one of our great calling cards to the world, attracting millions of visitors to beautiful historic buildings that sit at the heart of our communities.

“It is right that we ensure these buildings are preserved for future generations, but it is important that we make them work for the modern world.

“This £95 million will help breathe new life into high streets all over England, benefiting businesses, supporting our much-loved buildings and helping to make our communities more attractive places to live, work and visit.”

The projects will involve restoration, physical improvements and cultural activities to regenerate high streets.