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King's Lynn Heritage Action Zone will help revive the historic town

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King's Lynn Heritage Action Zone will help revive the historic town

Historic King’s Lynn has been chosen as one of the first 10 Heritage Action Zones by Historic England, the driving force behind this nationwide project to breathe new life into neglected historic buildings and sites and encourage regeneration in areas that are rich in uncelebrated heritage. 

The town joins Appleby in Cumbria, Coventry in the West Midlands, Elsecar in South Yorkshire, Hull in East Yorkshire, Nottingham in Nottinghamshire, Ramsgate in Kent, Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, Sutton in South London and Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. It is the only Heritage Action Zone in the East of England. 

Over the next five years, the project will research the history of key sites in King’s Lynn, identify the most important historic buildings and areas, encourage the development of affordable well-designed homes reinforcing the character of the town, find new uses for underutilised space in the town centre and provide a programme of community events to get people involved in caring for and enjoying the town’s heritage. 

John Neale, Planning Director for Historic England in the East of England said: “King’s Lynn has always been a dynamic trading town and the legacy of that economic activity is in the wonderful buildings that give King’s Lynn its unique character. The Heritage Action Zone will help encourage the next economic story in the town’s rich history, one that uses its past to improve the future for King’s Lynn’s residents, businesses and visitors.”

King’s Lynn Heritage Action Zone will be led by Historic England in partnership with: the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, West Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, King’s Lynn Town Centre Partnership and Business Improvement District, Norfolk County Council and Historic England. 

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From left to right : Heather Garrod, President - West Norfolk Chamber Council

Ostap Paparega, borough council Regeneration, Heritage and Economic Development Manager

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health

Neil Darwin, Chief Executive - Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP

John Neale, Planning Director - Historic England

Darren Taylor, Chair of the Town Centre Partnership

Cllr Avril Wright, borough council Heritage Champion

Dr Natalie Gates, Principal Advisor Historic Places - Historic England).

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. 

About Historic England 

We are Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage), the public body that champions and protects England's historic places. We look after the historic environment, providing expert advice, helping people protect and care for it and helping the public to understand and enjoy it. 

About Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 

West Norfolk covers an area of approximately 550 square miles, which incorporates 102 parishes, 2 historic market towns and a seaside resort. The borough council provides a wide range of services and facilities to the people who visit, work or live in the area, including economic regeneration, development, heritage projects and a host of statutory services. 

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