Heritage Action Zone

What is the Heritge Action Zone?

A £95m High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme is being delivered across the country by local authorities in partnership with Historic England in order to transform dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops and work or community spaces, and to fuel economic, social and cultural recovery following the impact of Covid-19.

Why has Poole been chosen?

Poole High Street has been selected as one of 68 high street to receive government funding to restore local historic character and provide a new lease of life.  

Poole has long been recognised for its unique architectural and historic character. Once a small medieval fishing harbour, Poole developed into a major commercial port by the late 17th century and its high street features a mix of Georgian houses, fine Victorian commercial buildings and 1930s art deco shopfronts.

Key objectives

  • improve the understanding of local heritage 
  • transform the physical appearance of key nodes of Poole High Street  
  • repair and revitalise the historic built environment 
  • engage with partners and the community
  • produce a legacy for the future care of the high street

Project funding

We will receive £625,000 from Historic England and with match funded monies from the Community Infrastructure Levy, we’ll create a project fund of £1.2 million over four years.

This money will be used to improve historic buildings around Poole Museum, Old Orchard, Carter’s/Weston’s Lanes and the Lagland Street junction at Beech Hurst House.  

This funding will support conservation-led regeneration projects that will reshape and repurpose the High Street and improve economic performance by attracting more people to experience the rich history of the area as a form of a living museum, celebrating the many historic buildings and features as attractions in their own right with supporting events that animate Poole’s heritage. 

Next steps

We welcome your views. The community engagement survey is available now and runs from 16 October to midnight on 22 November 2020.

Anyone interested in taking part can find out more at: