In May 2019 the High Streets Heritage Action Zones was launched. It is a £95m government funded project, being delivered by Historic England which 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.
In September 2019 it was confirmed that Dudley Council’s application for the Brierley Hill High Street Conservation was successful and that it was to be one of 60 High Streets across England to receive a £1.8m share of the funding. In September 2021 the overall grant award was increased by an additional £242,171 in order that extra funding could be provided for Brierley Hill War Memorial.
The project will run from 2020 to 2024 and will focus on the Brierley Hill High Street Conservation Area and proposes a series of building projects (repair, architectural reinstatement and the bringing of vacant property back onto use) and public realm improvements to the gateways into the Conservation Area (around the Brierley Hill Civic Hall and the Grade II listed Brierley Hill War Memorial).
Running alongside the project there will be a cultural programme which will be coordinated/led by Brierley Hill Community Forum and there will be a programme of activities designed to engage with the local community.
The Brierley Hill High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) will complement the wider regeneration programme proposed for Brierley Hill which includes the Metro and the Future High Street Fund and the HSHAZ will play a key role in the economic and social recovery of the town centre following COVID-19.
If you have any enquires about the Brierley Hill High Street Heritage Action Zone email the HSHAZ Project Manager on BrierleyHill.HSHAZ@dudley.gov.uk and continue to look for further updates posted on this web page, and on the Regeneration Projects page.
How will the Funding be Used?
If you want to know about what is a High Street Heritage Action Zone and why is the focus on high streets or what can the money be spent on, Historic England have set up a Frequently Asked Questions page.