Historic King’s Lynn has been chosen as one of the first 10 Heritage Action Zones by Historic England.
Historic England is the driving force behind this nationwide project to breathe new life into neglected historic buildings and sites, and encourage regeneration in areas that are rich in uncelebrated heritage.
The town joins Appleby in Cumbria, Coventry in the West Midlands, Elsecar in South Yorkshire, Hull in East Yorkshire, Nottingham in Nottinghamshire, Ramsgate in Kent, Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, Sutton in South London and Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. It is the only Heritage Action Zone in the east of England.
Over the next five years, the project will research the history of key sites in King’s Lynn, identify the most important historic buildings and areas, encourage the development of affordable well-designed homes reinforcing the character of the town, find new uses for underutilised space in the town centre and provide a programme of community events to get people involved in caring for, and enjoying, the town’s heritage.
John Neale, Planning Director for Historic England in the East of England said: “King’s Lynn has always been a dynamic trading town and the legacy of that economic activity is in the wonderful buildings that give King’s Lynn its unique character. The Heritage Action Zone will help encourage the next economic story in the town’s rich history, one that uses its past to improve the future for King’s Lynn’s residents, businesses and visitors.”
King’s Lynn Heritage Action Zone will be led by Historic England in partnership with: the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, West Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, King’s Lynn Town Centre Partnership and Business Improvement District, Norfolk County Council, and Historic England.