‘An exciting future’: £560,000 boost for South Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 11:18 22 September 2020 | UPDATED: 11:48 22 September 2020
A scheme to revive historic parts of a coastal town will begin next month.
South Lowestoft is set to be supported through the High Street’s Heritage Action Zone scheme after a successful funding bid of more than £560,000 – to support regeneration and improvements in and around London Road.
The London Road Lowestoft High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) will join the high streets of North Walsham, Swaffham, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn sharing in a £95m High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme delivered by Historic England.
The government funding comes as part of a four year programme of physical improvements, community engagement and cultural activities designed to regenerate the South Lowestoft Conservation Area to give them a new lease of life and help them recover from declining footfall and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The lead partners – including East Suffolk Council, Lowestoft Town Council and East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust – are working with Historic England to develop and deliver schemes that will transform and restore disused buildings into new homes, shops, work places and community spaces.
The London Road Lowestoft HSHAZ programme starts on October 1 and will complement the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone which has been running since 2018.
Situated in the Harbour, London Road South and the seafront area, the built heritage is predominantly 19th century Victorian architecture, including the Grade II listed Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, the Grade II listed Post Office, National Westminster Bank and Port House and the Railway Station.
Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “Lowestoft is an ambitious town with huge potential and a rich heritage. “Within the past few months, we have secured £43 million of funding for flood defences, £750,000 for the regeneration of the East Point Pavilion, planning approval has been given for the Gull Wing (the Lake Lothing Third Crossing) and we have also seen the launch of the forward-thinking Town Centre Masterplan which provides a clear plan for positive change.
“The start of the new London Road Lowestoft High Street Heritage Action Zone programme is even more great news for Lowestoft and is another step towards an exciting future for the town.”
Alice Taylor, Kirkley ward councillor for Lowestoft Town Council, said: “The addition of a new Heritage Action Zone to the south end of Lowestoft is a brilliant step forward in our community’s endeavours to protect our built heritage and regenerate Lowestoft.”
High Streets Minister Kelly Tolhurst said: “Our high streets are the beating heart of our communities and, now more than ever, have a crucial role to play in helping our towns and cities to recover from the pandemic.
“This new funding will help to transform and restore historic buildings, creating new homes, shops and community spaces, and reinvigorating local high streets up and down the country.”
The HSHAZ programme will use some of the existing structures already in place through the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone, including a Heritage Action Zone Partnership Board, with representatives from key partners including Lowestoft Town Council, Lowestoft Vision and East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust.
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