Northallerton High Street Heritage Action Zone

Augmented Reality trail

An Augmented Reality (AR) app will build on an existing the town trail to create an innovative and immersive historical record of Northallerton’s townscape in bygone days, developed through the interpretation of historical records and new historical research. The dynamic trail will be updated to reflect seasonal events and programming to keep user engaged. The trail will feature local characters, contain interactive elements as well as high light hidden points of interest.

The trail will lead users along Northallerton’s High Street and through its network of Yards to discover new places and routes through the town. This innovative trail will reunite Northallerton’s 21st century residents and visitors with it’s fascinating past and encourage more people to explore the town.

It is also hoped that the project will also result in an immersive and fun historic resource for school groups being developed. The AR trail will be developed with our partners C4DI, find out more about them here:

Shop front regeneration

To improve the physical appearance of Northallerton High Street a grant funding scheme for landlords and property owners will be launched to assist in shopfront improvements. The grants will be able to be used to improve, maintain, or repair a heritage shopfront or alternatively it can be used to reinstate a heritage style frontage on properties where a modern intervention has been installed.

High quality shop frontages will significantly impact the visual appeal of the high street and help make Northallerton an enjoyable place to shop. Heritage shopfronts will also high light the towns rich trading past and complement the upper stories.

This grant scheme has not launched yet however we encourage those who may be eligible to register their interest by emailing: Andrew.Clarey@hambleton.gov.uk

Living above the shops

As part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone programme for Northallerton a feasibility study will be carried out looking into the use of under-utilised space above buildings in the high street. This work will provide the foundations for delivery of an affordable homes project providing much needed accommodation for young professional.

Further external funding has been secured via the Future High Streets Fund to deliver the physical conversion elements of the project. If the results of the feasibility study are positive, property owners and landlords will be able to apply for a grant towards the cost of conversion.

As a council we will also ensure that the properties delivered through this scheme are built to a high standard and meet health and safety requirements.

This project is part of our wider ambition to attract and retain the younger generation. By turning unused upper floors into residential properties, we hope to create a vibrant and active town centre where people can live, work and shop on their high street.

If you own a Northallerton High Street property and would like to explore the possible conversion of an unused space into a residential property please contact our team for an initial discussion: Andrew.Clarey@hambleton.gov.uk

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