High Street Culture
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.
Newport's foundation as a historic market town means that it has good bones and some work has already been delivered to improve the High Street. We will build on this to help bring this part of the town back to life for the benefit of the local community.
Newport is the historic market town of the Isle of Wight and is home to some remarkable historic buildings, a medieval street pattern and two market squares.
Sadly it is suffering from retail decline, empty shops and some buildings are rundown and showing serious signs of decay. They need a lift so that they can better service the community. There is also a housing shortfall in the area.
Through the High Street Heritage Action Zone we will seek to build on the work already carried out by the community to shape the regeneration of the town. Working with partners, we will also look to make the High Street a place that everybody living here wants to use and visit, and to increase residential accommodation within the town centre.
Improvements will be made to the paving and highways, creating a 'people first zone', as well as funding design guidance to ensure future development improves the area's historic character. Studies will consider what's needed to bring empty buildings and space into new use and a limited number of key buildings will receive grant funding to restore their historic appearance and bring vitality back into the town centre.
Below you can find just some of the progress being made in the Newport High Street Heritage Action Zone. For more, follow us on Twitter @HistoricEngland
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