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Your high street has always been an amazing and unique place. Together, let’s share ideas of how to protect it for future generations.

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High Street Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) is a Historic England initiative intended to “Breathe new life into our town centres by revitalising buildings and helping to regenerate a vibrant place for locals, businesses and visitors”.

Kettering Borough Council (KBC) funded by Historic England (HE) is working with local people, through joint-working, grant funding and sharing skills to help restore historic buildings and put them back into use, improve the conservation area to kick-start regeneration and to recognise ‘unsung’ places for their unique character and heritage.

The HSHAZ area is the Kettering town centre conservation area which has several listed buildings of national importance. There are also many non-listed historic buildings of high quality, many of which were designed by local architect John Alfred Gotch. See map

In April 2020 KBC was awarded £1.48 m of funding from Historic England towards a High Street Heritage Action Zone, one of 68 in the country. The total fund of £3.9m including funds from KBC will go towards a number of projects including:


  • 2019

    Pilot scheme in Coventry

    The pilot scheme is a success and Historic England is awarded a grant from DCLG for High Street Improvements and asks towns to bid for the funding

  • 2019

    Kettering submits a bid

    Following a town centre survey a bid for £1.48m is submitted to HE in December  To be match funded with £2.4m from KBC

  • 2020

    HSHAZ scheme begins

    • Town Centre conference provided an opportunity to update the public on our plans.
    • The programme design for the HSHAZ is approved by KBC full council, view the report here
    • July 2020 the KBC bid is approved by Historic England.
    • The planned launch in April 2020 is delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions but development continues in the background.
    • A pilot shopfront grant for Just Desserts is completed in August
    • A Cultural Consortium is compiling a bid to run a cultural programme alongside the HSHAZ.
    • The scheme is launched in October 2020.
    • Applications for shopfront grants, building conversion grants and building repair grants are now open  
  • 2021

    Street scene improvements

    • Design finalised and artist impression and drone footage created to show you our plans for major improvements to the southern end of the High Street and Meadow Road.  If you’d like to view the film, please click here

    • We plan to begin work in January 2022 with anticipated completion in Summer 2022

  • 2022

    Contractor commenced street scene improvement works

    • Contractor started works in January to install new paving and benches in the town centre, with completion due in June.    
    • NNC awarded additional funding to extend the street scene improvement works in High Street. 
    • Additional works, between Dryland Street and Crispin Place, and using the same design principles and materials as earlier work scheduled to start in June and finish in Autumn 2022.
    • Works agreed to extend the public realm improvements down Gold Street are completed.
  • 2023

    Scheme ends

    Public Realm works are due to complete in late spring 2023.

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