Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone
Chard is a historic market town in rural South Somerset and was an important wool, weaving and lace-making centre.
High Street and Fore Street, the focus of the High Street Heritage Action Zone, are rich in historic character. It boasts 120 listed buildings, including the former lace factories Boden Mill and Holyrood Mill, and the Grade I Listed Waterloo House, which is on the Heritage at Risk Register.
Whilst the town centre is architecturally attractive, it is lack-lustre and the poor state of repair of many of the buildings and shopfronts is off-putting for both shoppers and prospective businesses. It's also not a pedestrian-friendly zone, with heavy traffic, poor pavements and a general lack of well-signposted routes to help people find their way around.
How the Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone will help
An award of up to £1m for Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone will help deliver the Chard Regeneration Plan which has strong local support. The most vulnerable historic buildings in the town centre, including Waterloo House, will be repaired, historic shopfronts will be refurbished to create a more attractive retail environment, and there will be much-needed improvements to pavements and public spaces. This will complement existing plans for Boden Mill to become a key visitor destination with a new public square. Commercial floorspace will be brought back into use, ready to welcome new and growing businesses to the town centre.
Alongside the physical regeneration, local people and cultural organisations will work together on events and activities to celebrate Chard’s rich history and showcase what the town has to offer today.
Working in partnership with
- South Somerset District Council
- Somerset County Council
- Chard Museum