Five Yorkshire towns’ high streets set to get £52m transformation

A number of Yorkshire towns could be given millions to breathe new life into their high streets.

A total of five towns across the region have been earmarked to receive funding as part of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund project, which aims to help retail areas which have struggled during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sheffield will receive the full funding it applied for from the Future High Streets Fund with the city awarded a whopping £15.8m.

The Steel City is one of 15 to be automatically given the money, with another 57 set to receive provisional funding offers.

Out of those 57, five in Yorkshire are included in the list. They are:

  • Elland – £6,310,812
  • Northallerton – £6,085,013
  • Rotherham – £12,660,708
  • Halifax – £11,762,823
  • Barnsley – £15,624,456

In total, the five towns could be given £52m, with the Government working with these authorities to finalise their proposals.

The project aims to help areas recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and transform underused town centres, with the scheme first thought up in 2018 – long before coronavirus wrought havoc to the economy.

Some 15 areas have been awarded £255m, while a further 57 areas – including the five Yorkshire areas listed above – will be given provisional funding worth a total of £576 million.

The announcement comes as Communities Minister Robert Jenrick confirmed allocations of up to £830m funding to regenerate high streets across England as part of the Government’s £1bn Future High Streets Fund.

Mr Jenrick said: “The year ahead will be a big one for the high street as it seeks to recover, adapt and evolve as a result of the pandemic.

“Today’s £830m investment from the Future High Streets Fund is one of many ways the government is working to help our much-loved town centres get through this and prosper into the future.

“This investment will help us build back better and make town centres a more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

YorkshireLive – Halifax