OXFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: People walk along the High Street in Oxford city centre on March 22, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The UK Government has promised to provide a £95 million fund in order to jumpstart the ailing English high street in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 70 high streets across the country will benefit from the fund, part of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme.

The fund will see disused historic buildings transformed into high street shops, as well as houses and community centres too.


The development of the 68 English high streets, according to the Government, will aid business recovery post-pandemic.

“Whether it’s a medieval market town, or a post-war city centre, every high street in England has a distinctive history that can be harnessed to help it achieve a prosperous future,” said Historic England chief executive, Duncan Wilson.

“Investing in heritage delivers good results for people,” he continued. “It means looking after and celebrating the places at the heart of our communities, and the buildings and public spaces which define their character.

“This investment will unlock the potential of these precious high streets and help them thrive again.”

This comes after months of flagging footfall from the high street, with retail parks and shopping centres performing significantly better.