Heritage Action Zones
Heritage Action Zones will unleash the power in England’s historic environment to create economic growth and improve quality of life in villages, towns and cities.
Working with local people and partners, Historic England will help to breathe new life into old places that are rich in heritage and full of promise – unlocking their potential and making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. We will do this with joint-working, grant funding and sharing our skills.
Historic buildings that have deteriorated through decades of neglect will be restored and put back into use; conservation areas improved to kick-start regeneration and renewal; and unsung places will be recognised and celebrated for their unique character and heritage, helping instil a sense of local pride wherever there’s a Heritage Action Zone.
Great Weston Heritage Action Zone
Over three years Great Weston Heritage Action Zone aims to boost economic growth and keep Weston on the map as a great place to live and work.
- Researching Weston’s heritage and urban development, to inform a new book
- Reviewing Weston’s listed buildings
- Bringing the town centre’s historic buildings back into use as high quality homes
- Grant schemes to improve the public realm, shop signs and shopfronts
- New, clear heritage routes across the town, plus new pedestrian access to Weston Museum, Weston Town Square, the seafront and side lanes
- Improved design standards and quality in conservation areas and surrounding areas
- A local listing project
- Heritage health walks and a ‘Looking Up’ initiative to encourage appreciation of Weston’s heritage
Great Weston Heritage Action Zone aims to help unlock the economic potential of historic sites in Weston by encouraging local partners to make use of their resources in a creative and focussed way, to enhance local places and achieve sustainable growth. Weston’s beautiful, but often underappreciated, Victorian and early 20th century buildings stand ready to become new business premises and homes. The regeneration of Weston’s historic shopfronts and public places will tempt more shoppers and attract new businesses. Better links between the town centre, railway station and seafront will make sure visitors don’t miss all Weston has to offer.
The Great Weston Heritage Action Zone contact is Cara MacMahon. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01934 42 6825