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Bishop Auckland has been selected to participate in the Stronger Towns Programme and make a bid for Government funding in January 2021.

Earlier this year a Stronger Town Board was established and we have been developing project proposals which will help accelerate the regeneration of the town and we want your views on these projects before we make the final decision on what’s included in the bid.

This is your opportunity to give us your views on the projects being considered as part of our Town Investment Plan.

These are exciting times for Bishop Auckland. Investment and improvements are being made across the town by The Auckland Project, Kynren, and Durham County Council and a recently adopted masterplan is in place to help shape new opportunities and private investments across the town.

Additional funding to help make improvements is already being made available from a number of sources.

Heritage Action Zone

Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) has been created to improve the town’s historic centre and bring it back to being a vibrant market town for both locals and visitors.

The HAZ is an area of regeneration in Bishop Auckland’s conservation area, that has been agreed by Historic England, who are providing funding. We’ve agreed a delivery plan of economic, social and cultural regeneration. This includes 44 projects across five years, from April 2018 to March 2023 and covers:

  • Buildings at risk
  • Buildings that have suffered from retail decline
  • Bringing buildings back into use through grant schemes
  • Researching historic buildings
  • Organising events and activities for schools and the local community

Future High Street Fund

The aim of the Future High Streets Fund is to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that drives growth, improves experience and ensures future sustainability. In July 2019, the government announced the first 50 areas to participate in the programme including Bishop Auckland.

By June 2020 a local programme of improvements totalling £27.5 million and seeking almost £20 million of government support was submitted. These projects look to ensure the town has the basic infrastructure to accommodate visitors and residents using the town, providing a new bus station and enhanced car parking arrangements alongside improving pedestrian areas, reusing town centre buildings and supporting the development of new hotel facilities.

A decision on the Future High Street Fund is imminent.

Stronger Towns

Following the development of recent funding bids to help regenerate the town, the Government has now invited Bishop Auckland to make an application to the Stronger Towns Fund.

Bishop Auckland aerial view
Bishop Auckland aerial view