The Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) has been created following a national £6m investment from Heritage England. The aims of the HAZ are to unlock potential in areas that are rich in heritage by bringing historic places back to life to attract residents, tourists, businesses and investors, and create economic growth.
The HAZ will focus on supporting the ongoing regeneration of the town’s centre. Plans include bringing buildings back into use as quality housing, developing clear heritage routes within the town centre to enhance existing trails through the town to the beach and train station, and opening up new pedestrian access to Weston Museum, Town Square and the seafront, as well as improving shop fronts and signage in the town centre.
HAZ is part of the Weston Town Centre Regeneration Programme that is delivering improvements to key development sites and positively encouraging investment within the town.
Great Weston Conservation Area
The North Somerset Council Executive has adopted the proposed Great Weston Conservation Area, which will come into effect January 2019.
The area stretches from Birnbeck Pier to Royal Sands and includes the town centre of Weston. Including the town centre in the Conservation Area, HAZ will gain access to the partnership grants scheme from Historic England. The grants scheme will generate at least £500k from Historic England over the next four years to enhance shop fronts. It will also engage the council with shop owners and residents as partners and stakeholders in the shaping of Weston as a quality place to live, work and enjoy.