Shops to receive grants of up to £50k for improvements

Gosport High Street

The council, in partnership with Historic England, is on the search for local businesses interested in having their historic shopfronts restored.

Businesses in Gosport’s High Street and Stoke Road can apply for funding for improvements as part of a push to make the town centre a more lively and attractive place.

Grants will enable shop owners and retailers to restore and enhance the local character and condition of historic shop fronts, and bring vacant spaces back into viable use.

The heritage grants scheme is part of Gosport’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ).

Working with Historic England, the HSHAZ aims to support sustainable economic and cultural growth, making Gosport town centre an inviting and engaging place for people to live, work, visit and invest.

Pete Fellows, project manager for the Gosport HSHAZ, said: “This is a great opportunity for local businesses to preserve a bit of history, drive interest to their shops and maximise under-used areas, ultimately improving the overall appeal of the High Street and Stoke Road.”

Council Leader Cllr Mark Hook said: “Gosport has a rich history and heritage and I’m pleased we are able to offer funding to help support shop owners in the restoration of their properties. The scheme will hopefully have a long-lasting impact, providing a more pleasant environment for the community to enjoy and encourage more people to visit our town.”

Clare Charlesworth, head of London and south east region at Historic England, added: “Our experience has shown that restoring historic shopfronts and repairing buildings makes a huge difference to the overall look and feel of a street, and we are very pleased that these grants are set to make a positive impact for Gosport.”

The scheme is due to launch on 1 April, with a range of grants available from £500 to £50,000. To be eligible you need to be an owner or leaseholder holding a minimum unexpired five-year lease, of shop properties within the Gosport High Street or Stoke Road conservation areas.

Find out more about the heritage grants scheme and register your interest