Following Newark Conservation Area being granted High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) status, Newark and Sherwood District Council, with funding from Historic England, is working with local people and partners to help breathe new life into high streets and buildings that are rich in heritage.
Newark and Sherwood District Council, with funding from Historic England, is working with local people and partners to help breathe new life into high streets and buildings that are rich in heritage. Newark Conservation Area has been granted High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) status. Our work will help build the potential of Newark’s high streets and buildings and make them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. The District Council believes the HSHAZ can play a key role in the economic and social recovery of the town centre following COVID-19.
What is HSHAZ?
The High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme, backed by government funding, aims to help with the recovery of local high streets, from regenerating historic buildings to helping to engage local communities through art and cultural projects. The project will run from 2021 to 2024.
Newark Conservation Area has been awarded £275,000 High Street Heritage Action Zone funding from Historic England for regeneration in the area. Newark and Sherwood District Council match funding and private sector investment result in a total of £550,000 for the project. The focus is on repairing and refurbishing key historic buildings in the town centre, re-designing the public realm to build a more connected area and helping to boost the local economy.
Newark Conservation Area is on the national Heritage at Risk Register. This is partly because the Conservation Area suffers from vacant Listed Buildings, buildings in poor condition, poor shop fronts and loss of architectural detailing on historic buildings. The most significant concentration of Heritage at Risk properties, combined with vacancy and other key high street problems lies in the medieval core of the town centre, ranging from the Castle area to the Market Place via the important retail streets of Kirk Gate, Stodman Street and Middle Gate. The HSHAZ forms part of the regeneration of Newark town centre.
Which works will be funded?
Newark’s HSHAZ programme will help transform and restore disused and dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, work places and community spaces, bring back local historic character and improve the public realm. Significant listed buildings include the Grade II* listed former White Hart on the Market Place and the Grade II listed Corn Exchange. Throughout the three year project we will be working on:
Providing grants for building work and refurbishment – grants will become available for those undertaking physical works to properties with significant heritage character in the HSHAZ area, including refurbishing and replacing out of character shopfronts. Funding may also be available for undertaking work to Heritage at Risk sites in order to restore properties and secure sustainable, long-term use.
Public realm improvements – researching ways we can create a more connected and safer town centre which is clear and practical to navigate, including looking at how to better connect the Potterdyke areas at Beaumond Cross and Martindale Lane.
Implementing a cultural programme and building community engagement – a three-year programme of events and activities led by Newark’s Cultural Consortium celebrating Newark’s heritage and community. The programme will generate greater use of high streets, create a sense of pride, community and wellbeing and help local organisations, communities and stakeholders to embed and sustain the benefit of the HSHAZ programme in the future. The Cultural Consortium is made up of several key local organisations including Inspire, Newark Civic Trust, Newark Heritage Trust, Newark Book Festival, Newark and Sherwood CVS and Newark and Sherwood College (Schools of Violin, Piano and Woodwind).