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Mid Devon District Council has secured funding from Historic England to help regenerate Cullompton Town Centre through the High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) programme.Historic England High Street logo

The programme is a national project aiming to unlock the potential of high streets across England, fuelling economic, social and cultural recovery, with 68 high streets offered funding. Cullompton is one of only 10 successful High Streets in the South West region.

With a grant of up to £1.1m from Historic England and matched with support from Mid Devon District Council, Devon County Council, and Cullompton Town Council, the project will see a programme of improvement works to reinvigorate the town centre and attract investment.

The scheme will run until March 2024.

The Cullompton HAZ:

We want to make Cullompton Town Centre a more desirable place for businesses, visitors, investors and local people, by:

    • Encouraging new and sustainable cultural activity in the high street areas;
    • Helping improve perceptions of the high street and its heritage;
    • Restoring and enhancing the local character of the high street area.

A package of projects will be delivered, including:

Within the Cullompton Heritage Action Zone, building owners and tenants can apply for building grants for structural repairs and historic reinstatement work covering properties in the Fore Street area of the town.

The HAZ team has undertaken a condition survey to identify the priority properties for funding (accompanying map). All properties in Fore Street are eligible to apply for funding, but those identified on the list would be prioritised. Applications from properties that are not on the priority list would be appraised against the assessment criteria as set out in the scheme guidance. In addition, specific high priority properties outside the Fore Street, but within the HAZ area, may also be targeted for improvements. The priority list will be monitored and updated as necessary. 

The Council has introduced an ‘early-bird’ approach to encourage early applications. Grants are currently available up to 70% of the cost of the works. In subsequent years this contribution available may be reduced.

Details of the grant scheme and eligibility criteria can be found in the Building Grant Scheme Guidance.

For an initial discussion or if you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Cullompton HAZ Project Officer: CullomptonHAZ@middevon.gov.uk

In order to apply applicants will need to submit an Expression of Interest setting out the details of their project using this form. We encourage applicants to get in touch before submitting their form.

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Once completed this form should be sent by email to: CullomptonHAZ@middevon.gov.uk or posted to:

Cullompton HAZ, Economic Development, Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, EX16 6PP

Applications are now open for the Cullompton Shopfront Improvement Grants Scheme.

Grants are available for up to 50% of the cost of the works of shopfront improvement projects covering premises within the Cullompton High Street Heritage Action Zone. Please refer to the accompanying map showing the eligible area.

Details of the grant scheme and eligibility criteria can be found in the Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme Guidance.

For an initial discussion or if you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Cullompton HAZ Project Officer: CullomptonHAZ@middevon.gov.uk

In order to apply applicants will need to submit an Application Form setting out the details of their project. We encourage applicants to get in touch before submitting their form.

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Once completed this form should be sent by email to: CullomptonHAZ@middevon.gov.uk or posted to:

Cullompton HAZ, Economic Development, Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, EX16 6PP

What is the Cullompton town centre public realm enhancement project about?

The draft Town Centre Masterplan has identified that the Higher Bullring has potential to be upgraded to a higher quality public space and to allow a greater variety of community uses. The draft Masterplan also identified that once the Relief Road is in place, there is an opportunity to redesign Fore Street to improve the quality of the public realm for pedestrians and cyclists.

The first phase of the town centre public realm enhancement project, delivered as part of the High Street HAZ, will focus on the Higher Bullring area. The Higher Bullring area of Cullompton provides an important focal point to the town centre. This project, delivered in partnership with Devon County Council, will seek to enhance the heritage setting of the Higher Bullring while providing an extended community space for community events and cultural activities.

What consultation took place?

The Council sought the community’s views on the Cullompton town centre public realm enhancement project in a consultation which took place between 28th June and 13th August 2021.

In total there were 42 responses to the interactive map consultation, with a further 19 survey responses.

You can view the responses on the interactive maps (closed to new responses).

What happens next?

The project team will consider the consultation responses and the consultants will take forward the initial design work over the course of the autumn/ winter 2021. There will be further opportunities to have your say which will be published here.

A key element of the Cullompton HAZ programme is to design and deliver a programme of cultural events and activities to enhance the social and cultural life of Cullompton town centre. The programme will aim to leave a positive legacy of culture in the town, building on its rich heritage.

In 2020 a cultural consortium entitled ‘Creative Cullompton’ was set up to plan and deliver this cultural programme. The consortium consists of local organisations central to the current cultural offering within Cullompton.

Following a funding submission to Historic England in December 2020, Creative Cullompton were successful in their bid and received £90,000 to deliver a programme of activities celebrating art, culture, festivals, and heritage in the town centre.

The cultural programme will run until March 2024.

You can find out more about the project and how you can get involved here.

You can read the press release on the successful funding award here.

 

In order to support the ongoing preservation and enhancement of Cullompton’s built environment heritage, and to support the Grants Scheme and the Higher Bullring Enhancement works, the adopted Cullompton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAMP) has been updated as part of the HAZ project.

Find out more here: Cullompton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

In addition, a Mid Devon Shopfront Design Guide is under preparation, which will set out guidance relating to the design of good quality and attractive shopfronts. This was presented to MDDC Cabinet in April 2021 where it was approved for public consultation. This consultation is currently being planned. In the meantime, the draft document presented to Cabinet can be found here.

The Cullompton Town Centre Masterplan process is an integral part of the HAZ programme of work, providing a vehicle for engagement with the whole community over the future use and shape of Cullompton town centre.

Find out more about the Cullompton Town Centre Masterplan here.

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