Full steam ahead for £2m scheme to regenerate historic town

Aerial view of North Walsham. A £2m scheme will regenerate the town's historic core. Picture: Mike P

Aerial view of North Walsham. A £2m scheme will regenerate the town's historic core. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

The transformation of a north Norfolk town is set to continue as part of a £2m regeneration scheme.

North Walsham is already the largest town in the district and it could now become the social, cultural and economic hub of the area.

It follows North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) decision at Full Council on November 20 to match-fund the £975,000 secured from Historic England to renew the town centre.

The four-year scheme will begin next April with a range of projects to restore and enhance the town's historic character.

NNDC will work with the town council and Regenerate North Walsham (RNW CIC) to develop proposals to repair and restore key heritage buildings and support businesses. Work could include disused historical buildings being revamped into shops, houses and community centres.

It will also build on the improvements to public spaces already started as part of the district council's Market Town Initiative.

This work is already transforming St Nicholas Court into an open space for events and activities and this new funding will carry these improvements through the town's Market Place and lokes.

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There will also be a number of community-led programmes and a consortium of cultural groups and community organisations, such as the North Walsham Heritage Group and Paston College, will bring the town to life.

Regenerate North Walsham CIC director Bob Wright said: "This grant and NNDC's match-funding, will enable North Walsham to enhance its historical town centre and promote its heritage, making it a more attractive and interesting place to live, work and visit."

North Walsham was one of just 69 towns selected across the UK for the Historic England funding.

An NNDC spokesperson said: "North Walsham is a wonderful market town, with a rich medieval history, beautiful Georgian architecture and associations with Nelson and the Paston family.

"This funding will embed these stories into the heart of the town centre creating a social, cultural and economic hub for the area."

Local people can get involved, either by visiting the market on a Thursday, completing the online survey, visiting the community shop or Café Kitale in St Nicholas Court.