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About Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone


Bishop Auckland's Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) has been created to improve the town's historic centre and bring it back to being a vibrant market town for both locals and visitors.

Historic England: Heritage Action Zone logoThe HAZ is an area of regeneration in Bishop Auckland's conservation area, that has been agreed by Historic England, who are providing funding.

We've agreed a delivery plan of economic, social and cultural regeneration. This includes 44 projects across five years, from April 2018 to March 2023.

The project will look at:

  • buildings at risk
  • buildings that have suffered from retail decline
  • bringing buildings back into use through grant schemes
  • researching historic buildings
  • organising events and activities for schools and the local community

The Icon for pdf Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone map (PDF, 3.3mb) shows the area covered.

Contact us if  you want to receive email updates on the project, or if you are interested in volunteering opportunities such as talks or working with local schools.

The project explained

Icon for pdf Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone transcript (PDF, 77.3kb)

Find out more about the project from a BBC Radio Tees report:

Icon for pdf BBC Tees Heritage Action Zone transcript (PDF, 19.6kb)

Delivery Plan

The Heritage Action Zone has an agreed Delivery Plan that is reviewed each year. The plan was agreed in May 2018 and was produced following a series of discussions with local organisations, groups and individuals. The programme is set around a number of themes, and projects are aligned to the aims of the HAZ. Projects range from a large scale grant programme down to small community-led events. Projects include administration and project management, as well as practical building projects, surveys and research, skills training, and promotion, and engagement activity.

Download a summary of the plan and report on progress to March 2020: Icon for pdf Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone Delivery Plan Summary (PDF, 1.4mb) .

Keeping in Touch

The Heritage Action Zone has a Facebook page @bishopaucklandhaz and you can subscribe to a email update by contacting us.

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In partnership with

  • Historic England
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