Southgate Street’s heritage no longer at risk
Gloucester City Council is pleased to announce the Southgate Street conservation area has been removed from the Historic England Heritage at risk register.
To improve the Southgate Street area the city council secured a Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) in 2013 and the scheme was delivered by their heritage team.
The £1.2million heritage-led regeneration scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund at 75% with match funding by the council, preserved and enhanced the distinctive character of Southgate by repairing historic buildings and bringing vacant floor space back into use. The scheme has also opened up a significant amount of private investment, more than double the original target.
Historic England and the city council look forward to continuing the success in neighbouring Westgate Street which was recently confirmed as the Cathedral Quarter High Street Heritage Action Zone.
Historic England’s yearly heritage at risk register reveals the UK’s historic sites most at risk of being lost forever as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development. The buildings and places rescued from the heritage at risk register can help level up economic opportunity, support skilled local construction jobs, build resilience in private and public organisations and boost tourism.
Heritage has a proven positive impact on people’s quality of life and 80% of residents believe local heritage makes their area a better place to live. It can also help support community resilience, instil pride and build confidence that communities can ‘build back better’.
Cllr Richard Cook, Leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for environment said: “The removal of Southgate Street conservation area from the heritage at risk register is great news for Gloucester. The Southgate Street THI scheme has proven to be a catalyst for heritage led regeneration. The holistic approach included works to historic buildings, training for both contractors, young adults and the community has had a positive impact on both the perception of the area but also on property prices, footfall and business confidence.
“We look forward to continuing this success within the Cathedral Quarter Scheme rejuvenating historic buildings and working with the community and businesses to enhance and revitalise the area.”
Rebecca Barrett, Historic England’s Regional Director in the South West said: “In challenging times such as these, heritage can provide a sense of continuity and bring us solace. We also know that investing in historic places can help boost our economic recovery.
“The 53 places rescued from the register this year show us that real progress is being made – sites lovingly rescued and brought back into use as new homes, businesses and community spaces. But there is still a long way to go and many more historic buildings and places which need the right care and attention, funding, partnerships and community support to give them a brighter future.”