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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:

Under the Heritage Action Zone, building owners and tenants can apply for grants for structural and historic reinstatement work covering properties in the Fore Street area of Cullompton and located within the Conservation Area.

The HAZ team has undertaken a condition survey to identify the priority properties for funding in the Fore Street area (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.

The Council has introduced an ‘early-bird’ approach to encourage early applications. In the first year of the scheme applicants could benefit from grant contributions of up to 70% of the cost of the works. In subsequent years the contribution available will be reduced.

Details of the grant scheme and eligibility criteria can be found in the Structural and Historic 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.

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

Cullompton HAZ, 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, and within the Cullompton Conservation Area. 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.

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

Cullompton HAZ, 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 Council has recently appointed a consultant public realm design team who will consider the consultation responses and will take forward the initial design work over the course of the autumn/ winter 2021.

There will be a further opportunity to have your say and find out about the project at the Farmers Market at the Autumn Fest on the 9th October 2021. The project team will be there to find out more from the community about the key opportunities and challenges, so that these are taken forward at the heart of the design proposals.

A key element of the Cullompton HAZ programme is to design and deliver an extended 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.

A Cultural Consortium has been set up, consisting of local organisations already central to the current cultural offering within Cullompton. The programme of activities will focus on involving all parts of the local community, with extensive opportunities for community engagement and participation.

The Cultural Consortium will be responsible for developing and delivering the Cultural Programme over the next 3 years.

More information will be available in early 2021.

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) is being updated.

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.

The consultation on the updated CAMP is now open – find out more here: Cullompton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

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.

The consultation on the updated draft Town Centre Masterplan is now open.

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