Bishop Auckland is one of 50 areas across the country going through to the second phase of a multi-million fund that will help transform the high street.
From improving transport and access into town centres to converting retail units into new homes, the £675 million Future High Streets Fund will help local leaders to reinvent their town centres.
Those successful towns will now receive up to £150,000 of new funding to work up detailed project proposals, based on their initial plans. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will work closely with them, focusing on those places that have “shovel ready” projects where there might be opportunities to accelerate these.
To read more about the fund, visit the Gov.uk website.