Stoke Town High Street Heritage Action Zone

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been successful in their bid for £1.9m of grant funding from Historic England for the Stoke High Street Heritage in Action Zone scheme (HSHAZ). The total scheme is £3.9m with match funding being provided from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the private sector.

The project will run for 4 years (2020 – 2024) and aims to support building owners along the High Street of Stoke Town Centres conservation area with external and internal repairs to their buildings, supporting both retail on the ground floor and conversion to residential units on the upper floors of properties.  The scheme aims to bring currently vacant floor space back into use to help towards increasing footfall in the town centre and connectivity into the former Spode site.

Grants of up to 75% can be applied for through the project towards eligible work including the appointment of a conservation accredited architect where required. The project is now open for applications for anyone interested in applying for funding please contact StokeHSHAZ@stoke.gov.uk or call 01782 232522.

A wide range of  community and cultural projects are interwoven with the scheme which will aim to bring vitality to the high street, occupy retail voids and showcase the activities currently ‘hidden’ on the former Spode factory site and Visitors will be encouraged to see the high street as an extension of their leisure activities, and the residents and workers in the town consulted and engaged to widen their understanding and participation in supporting their high street. As part of the project a Cultural Consortium group has been set up to lead and deliver community and cultural projects in the Town. 

To see if your property is within the Stoke Conservation Area please see below