The Government has released the shortlist of towns, including 14 in the North West, which have been progressed to the next stage of bidding for the much-touted £675m Future High Streets Fund.
The total list of 50 towns will now receive up to £150,000 to work up detailed project proposals, based on their initial plans. According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, they will be focussing on places which have “shovel ready” projects where there might be opportunities to accelerate these.
In the region towns moved to phase two are:
- Farnworth, Bolton
- Oldham, Oldham
- Stockport, Stockport
- Stretford, Trafford
- Wigan, Wigan
- Birkenhead and New Ferry, Wirral
- Crewe, Cheshire East
- Winsford, Cheshire West & Chester
- Chorley, Chorley
- Morecambe, Lancaster
- Nelson, Pendle
- Fleetwood, Wyre
- Whitehaven, Copeland
The fund was launched in December, with a Government brief that it was looking to “provide co-funding towards capital projects that bring transformative change. We want to see the regeneration of our town centres through innovative proposals around transport, housing delivery and our public services”.