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Future High Street Funding

This national programme, launched in December 2018, aims to support high streets and town centres throughout England, co-funding renovation and structural projects to adapt to changes and meet the expectations of communities now and in the future.

Funding in County Durham 

This programme includes a focus on consolidating existing retail areas, the reuse of buildings, public transport improvements and encouraging appropriate residential opportunities.

A further programme of Heritage High Streets funding is to be announced soon.

Durham County Council has applied for funding from the government's £675million Future High Street Fund. These focussed on our proposed works in Chester Le Street, Bishop Auckland, Seaham and Spennymoor, as follows:


The proposed works include work with property owners to bring together the existing shopping facilities into a smaller area, freeing up a new development opportunity site on front street, providing better public service access, improving car parking and continuing the high-quality environment which is already underway with the de-culverting works through the market place.

Bishop Auckland

The town has benefitted from significant investment as new opportunities linked to Auckland Castle and Kynren attract new visitors to the town. However, there's a need to ensure the town continues to work effectively for both residents and visitors and the Future High Street Fund bid focusses on a package of investments to improve accessibility and transport connections as well as the reuse of property on Newgate street.


Is currently undergoing a process of transformation linked to year on year rises in the visitor economy is Seaham, where Future High Street Fund Proposals seek to deal with long term vacant properties, the development of specialist housing and the effective reuse of key town centre development sites.


With significant investment programmes transforming sites beyond the town centre, it has long standing priorities to remodel its core shopping area, linked heavily to the redevelopment proposals at Festival Walk. The Future High Street Fund bid focusses on commencing this redevelopment and addressing other key regeneration opportunities in the town centre will provide a town centre in keeping with the needs of local residents.


The government is expected to decide on the towns it wishes to continue to work with under the first round of the programme during summer 2019. If successful with the first stage of the application, shortlisted towns will be supported to develop specific project plans and associated business cases.


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