Robert Jenrick

Over 100 towns in England to share £80m to boost regeneration

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that over 100 towns in England will share £80m to boost regeneration and help them to build back better.

The funding, which ranges from £500,000 up to £1m per town, will be used to support projects that will make a difference to the area.

Such schemes include adding new green spaces, creating pop-up business areas, pedestrianising streets to encourage walking or cycling, and introducing new community hubs to support those living alone.

One of the beneficiaries of this funding is Newcastle-under-Lyme, where the £1m funding will advance the town’s regeneration plans, helping to demolish unloved buildings.

In addition, Burton on Trent’s high street regeneration — for which the town has been awarded £750,000 — will see improvements to the area with new bus access and cycle lanes to increase accessibility for visitors.

“This £80m funding for immediate investment is a real boost for our towns and will help them thrive with investment in transport, technology, skills and culture,” said Jenrick.

“It will give towns [the] opportunity to drive economic growth and improve prospects for their communities, which will be vital as the country responds to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

This is part of the overall £3.6bn Towns Fund money allocated — with this initial pot shared out now to get some projects off the ground and give local areas the boost they need.

All 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal were given a funding allocation with proposals submitted to the MCHLG in August, before being reviewed by officials, and a final decision made by ministers.

A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between government, the lead council, and the Town Deal Board. 

It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this.

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