Tewkesbury Borough Council can begin the regeneration of Tewkesbury High Street after agreeing plans for a £1.48 million investment from Historic England.
After a successful bid for the status and £3 million of government funding in 2019, the Tewkesbury High Street was officially designated a Heritage Action Zone in September 2020.
Historic England and Tewkesbury Borough Council have now agreed a series of initiatives meaning that £1.48 million of that funding can be put to use.
The initiatives to be rolled out over the next four years include grants for Tewkesbury business owners to repair, restore or install traditional shopfronts and building façades; grants to promote vacant upstairs units for residential use; and educational events to revive the use of historic craft skills and building materials.
The council hopes the improvements will make Tewkesbury more attractive for both business investors and tourists.
Lead member for built environment at Tewkesbury Borough Council, Councillor Mel Gore, said: ‘Tewkesbury is a beautiful town with a wealth of culture and history along with many historic buildings. It has a great future with fantastic, unrivalled opportunity.
‘We are delighted that the town is now a Heritage Action Zone and will now put the wheels in motion and work with our partners to deliver the strong and impactful programme of initiatives.’