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Long-Term Plans for Towns

On the 18 December 2023, the Government announced that 55 towns (which included Accrington) would each receive funding and support as part of a £1.1 billion levelling up investment to enable towns to develop their long-term plan. The LTPfT funding will ensure local people can develop plans that deliver their community priorities and are given the tools to change their town’s long-term future.

The published guidance sets out that the 55 towns will:

£20M Community Empowerment Fund

Receive up to £20 million of endowment-style funding (75% capital and 25% revenue) and support for local people’s priorities, like regenerating local high streets and town centres, transport and connectivity, or securing public safety, over a 10 year period.

Town Boards for Local Development

Be required to set up a Town Board by 1 April 2024, which brings together community leaders, employers, local authorities and the local MP who will develop and deliver the Long-Term Plan for their town following consultation with local people.

Regeneration Powers for Towns

Make use of a suite of new regeneration powers and interventions currently progressing through the legislative process to boost pride and unlock private sector investment, for example, by auctioning empty high street shops, creating and maintaining parks/green spaces and / or improving heritage sites.

Town Board’s Terms of Reference, Membership, Documents and Reports

Section 1

Town Square Transformational Projects Update 24/25 (January 2024)
Proposed Accrington Town Centre Investment Plan (summary document) (Jan 2022)
Proposed Accrington Town Centre Investment Plan (Jan 2022)

Section 2

Town Square Transformational Projects Update 24/25 (January 2024)
Proposed Accrington Town Centre Investment Plan (summary document) (Jan 2022)