Heritage Action Zone

Virtual heritage open days

2020 Heritage Open Days went digital for the first time. The event may be over, but you can still visit the different venues and enjoy the historic gems of North Somerset.

Weston heritage walks

Weston has beautiful heritage walks, steeped in history. Enjoy the architecture and history and don't forget to look up. 

Heritage Action Zone

The Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) was created following a £6m investment from Heritage England. The HAZ aims to unlock potential in areas that are rich in heritage. We want to bring historic places back to life to attract residents, tourists, businesses and investors, and create economic growth.

The focus of HAZ includes:

  • 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
  • opening up new pedestrian access to Weston Museum, Town Square and the seafront
  • improving shop fronts and signage in the town centre.

Great Weston Conservation Area

The Great Conservation Area stretches from Birnbeck Pier to Royal Sands, including the town centre of Weston. 

The Great Weston Conservation Area will have access to least £500k from Historic England over the next four years to enhance shop fronts. It will also help the council engage with shop owners and residents.

Shop front design guide

The shopfront design guide was produced with support from Historic England. It sets out best practice and policies to improve the quality, historic features and appearance of local streets. These improvements will make a positive impact on the retail and visitor experience.

The guide is now available for home and business owners, and if you are in the Great Weston HAZ area, grant opportunities are available.

New High Street Heritage programme

The new programme area in Weston, which is in addition, and separate to, the existing Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), will focus on Weston-super-Mare’s southern High Street around Oxford Street and North Walliscote Road for works over four years.

Future activities will include:

  • community engagement – to help shape the delivery and sustainability through volunteering and stakeholder initiatives
  • the restoration and repair of original street features, improved lighting, paving, street furniture and bringing back original architectural characteristics
  • development and management of a shop front enhancement grants scheme, improving the exterior of retail units and reinstatement of historical features
  • conversions to new homes – working with property owners to support the sympathetic, appropriate and high-quality conversion of uppers floors, empty units and potentially bringing forward up to 20 new homes in the town centre
  • arts/culture projects – working with the Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Culture Weston and the local community, supporting the development of a cultural arts programme of projects
  • explore the development of training opportunities in traditional conversation skills