The Skipton High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) is part of the £95 million High Streets Heritage Action Zone initiative, which is currently working across more than 60 English high streets.
It's funded with £40 million from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund, £52 million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Streets Fund, and a further £3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Skipton have been awarded £1,561,433 to deliver their main scheme and a further £95,360 to deliver a Cultural Programme alongside the main scheme.
Through our Heritage Action Zone initiative, we are working to unleash the power of Skipton’s historic environment to create economic growth and improve the quality of life in the town. One of the major aims of the programme is to help people feel proud of where they live.
Skipton HSHAZ Objectives:
- Residents reengage with the town centre – we need younger people to start to use the town again in order to change the appearance of the area and also to drive the demand and supply of products.
- Reuse of heritage buildings – the increasing number of large redundant heritage risks causing blight on the High Street. We aim to bring these back into use to support the attraction of younger people to live, work and visit the town centre.
- Create public spaces for new and diverse activities – using the historic fabric of the town, more public spaces will allow younger people to develop the cultural offer that is of interest to them and help change the role of the town centre.
- Enhance the links between the High Street and the more hidden parts of Skipton – by emphasising the heritage aspects of the ginnels, people will be encouraged to explore different parts of the town centre and dwell for longer.
- Increase the number of young creatives working in the centre of Skipton – increase the amount of space that young creatives can use to produce or display their products which will help change the look and feel of the town centre.
- Make Skipton more walking and cycle friendly – increase the ease and attractiveness for people to walk and cycle around Skipton town centre using the built heritage for interest so increasing the footfall and dwell time.
Skipton HSHAZ Main Scheme Projects
Skipton Town Hall Performance Venue & Frontage
Craven Arts House
Conservation & Heritage Programme
Reanimate The Ginnels
Skipton Youth Market
We are currently running a survey on proposals for works to enhance the area on Otley Street that runs along the side of Craven Court. You can take part in the survey at this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HTZ8Q7V. The plan can be seen in the ‘Related Documents’ below.