Regeneration funds

High Street Improvement Scheme

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In addition to the Market Town Regeneration Fund, we have launched a £1 million capital fund to deliver a high street improvement scheme that will revitalise our 11 market towns through improvements to shop fronts and tackling vacant retail units.

How to apply for funding

To apply for funding, you need to:

  1. contact your town council to discuss your proposals and check your location is within the town centre boundary (contact details below)
  2. download and read our guidance notes and expression of interest form (PDF 245.7KB)
  3. submit the completed expression of interest form to your town council

The scheme will be delivered in three rounds, and businesses who wish to apply must do so by the deadline of one of these rounds:

  • round 1: Thursday, 1 September 2016
  • round 2: Tuesday, 1 November 2016
  • round 3: Wednesday, 1 February 2017
  • round 4: Monday, 1 May 2017
Town councils
Town council
Address
Contact details
Ampthill
66 Dunstable Street
Ampthill
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK45 2JS
Phone: 01525 404355
Email: d.sutherns@ampthilltowncouncil.org.uk
Web: www.ampthilltowncouncil.org.uk (link opens in new window)
Biggleswade
The Old Court House
4 Saffron Road
Biggleswade
Bedfordshire
SG18 8DL
Phone: 01767 313134
Email: town.clerk@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk
Web: www.biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
Dunstable
Grove House
76 High Street North
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU6 1NF
Phone: 01582 513000
Email: info@dunstable.gov.uk
Web: www.dunstable.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
Flitwick
The Rufus Centre
Steppingley Road
Flitwick
Bedfordshire
MK45 1AH
Phone: 01525 631900
Email: carolcarter@flitwick.gov.uk
Website: www.flitwick.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
Leighton Linslade
The White House
Hockliffe Street
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 1HD
Phone: 01525 631920
Email: info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk
Web: www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
Potton
The Community Centre
Brook End
Potton
Bedfordshire
SG19 2QS
Phone: 01767 260086
Email: pottoncouncil@btconnect.com
Sandy
10 Cambridge Road
Sandy
Bedfordshire
SG19 1JE
Phone: 01767 681491
Email: clerk@sandytowncouncil.gov.uk
Web: www.sandytowncouncil.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
Shefford
Shefford Town Council
Shefford House, 15 High Street
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5DD

Phone: 01462 816321
Email: towncouncil@sheffordtown.co.uk
Web: www.sheffordtown.co.uk (link opens in new window)

Stotfold
The Simpson Centre
Hitchin Road
Stotfold
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG5 4HP
Phone: 01462 730064
Email: enquiries@stotfoldtowncouncil.gov.uk
Web: www.stotfoldtowncouncil.gov.uk (link opens in new window)

The town council will then host a panel to decide which expressions of interest progress to the detailed application stage, a form for which will be provided by the town council when required.

Please email market.towns@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk if you have any questions about the scheme.

The scheme offers grants to high street businesses to make improvements to their business premises to create attractive shop frontages that attract more visitors and shoppers onto the high street.

The scheme, which will be delivered from September 2016 to March 2018 takes a managed approach in partnership with town councils and this partnership will be critical to the success of the scheme.

How the funding will work

Businesses will be eligible to apply for a capital improvement grant if they meet certain criteria, such as the business being an ‘independent’ and not part of a multiple chain of stores. Only those areas with participating town councils will be eligible for the scheme.

Grants of up to £20,000 (and in exceptional cases up to £50,000) will be available to enable businesses to:

  • carry out external redecoration to the front of the business
  • improve a privately owned forecourt or threshold facing the high street
  • improve or replace the existing fascia or signage
  • replace windows or window frames and doors
  • highlight ornate building features such as cornicing and other architectural features
  • improve or replace exterior lighting
  • provide new awnings
  • create a new brand identity for signage purposes
  • provide other capital shop front improvements

The scheme will fund up to 60 per cent of required works (with 40 per cent coming from private and other public sector sources) and will include design / build costs and any planning permission fees required. Grants cannot be used retrospectively to fund works that have already been carried out.

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