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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

    We plan to begin work on the street scene improvements in October 2021 with anticipated completion in Spring 2022

  • 2024

    Scheme ends

    In March 2024 the scheme draws to a close.

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