The funding will help these areas transform their high streets into vibrant hubs for future generations and to protect and create thousands of jobs.
In a key milestone for the government’s levelling up agenda, this investment will help areas to recover from the pandemic while also driving long term growth.
It will enable the delivery of ambitious regeneration plans, drawn up by places, and fund new local projects such as improvements to transport infrastructure, new homes and the transformation of underused spaces.
The funding will also help to protect and create thousands of jobs in a range of industries, delivering opportunities and prosperity to communities across the North West.
Fifteen areas across England have been awarded a confirmed £255 million from the Future High Streets Fund.
Stockport and Trafford are two places who are receiving full funding;
Stockport – £14,500,000
Stretford – £17,605,674
Laura Evans Mayoral Candidate for Greater Manchester welcomes the Futures High Streets Fund. This is the Government keeping its commitment to levelling up, working with councils who put in for funding for their areas”. Laura says, “I am disappointed some councils in Greater Manchester appear not to put in for funding it's vital that the councils work with the Government so we can see the benefit throughout every town in Greater Manchester”.
Provisional funding for
Wigan – £16,633,691
Rochdale – £17,080,458
Farnworth, Bolton – £13,306,817
Oldham – £10,750,237
This funding is part of wider support being providing to communities and businesses, to protect jobs, support the most vulnerable and ensure no one is left behind as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic head on.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
The year ahead will be a big one for the high street as it seeks to recover, adapt and evolve as a result of the pandemic. Today’s £830 million investment from the Future High Streets Fund is one of many ways the government is working to help our much-loved town centres get through this and prosper into the future.
The role of high street has always evolved. We want to support that change and make sure that they are the beating heart of their local community – with high quality housing and leisure in addition to shops and restaurants.
This investment will help us build back better and make town centres a more attractive place to live, work and visit.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:
We are supporting our high streets to get through this pandemic through business grants, paying people’s wages and tax deferrals.
The Future High Streets Fund will help areas bounce back through regeneration projects that level up opportunities and create jobs right across the country.
The Future High Streets Fund was launched in December 2018 and is a key part of this government’s plan to renew and reshape town centres – making them a more attractive place to live, work and visit. £107 million of the Future High Streets Fund has been allocated to DCMS to support the regeneration of heritage high streets.
The Future High Streets Fund is just one of the ways the government is supporting the retail and hospitality sector. During the pandemic, we made it easier for areas to adapt to the challenges they faced.
This included making it easier to demolish and rebuild unused buildings to create homes with our High Street Homes Permitted Development Rights; providing restaurants, pubs and cafes with the freedom to offer takeaway services; and making it easier for businesses and communities to host markets and stalls so customers can be served safely.
In May we launched a fund to help councils reopen high streets safely and we recently announced that retailers will be able to extend their opening hours over the festive period to help keep shoppers and staff safe.
This month we extended protections from the threat of eviction for businesses unable to pay their rent until March 2021, taking the duration of these measures to one year.
Our recent proposals for the new Parking Code of Practice will support shoppers visiting their local high street by introducing a tiered approach to private car parking fines and ensuring a fair appeals process.