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Historic England reopens applications for its Heritage Action Zone initiative

Historic England has reopened applications for its Heritage Action Zone initiative which aims to improve economic growth and quality of life in communities across England by breathing new life into lovely old places. The deadline for Initial Proposals is 5pm, Monday 7 August 2017.

With ten Heritage Action Zones already up and running from Appleby in Cumbria to Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, they are rolling out the programme to support more places across the country. In addition to grant funding, the public body is offering its expertise through a range of advice services.

Applications are open to councils, local organisations and groups keen to inject new life into towns and cities that are rich in heritage and full of promise – to make them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

To be considered for Heritage Action Zone status, an area needs to have significant historic interest, with the potential to make greater use of its heritage to support the social, economic and environmental needs of the place. Historic England will prioritise areas which deliver economic growth, with a particular focus in 2018 on housing. They also encourage community engagement and cross-working across a broad range of partner organisations/groups.

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