What is the High Street Heritage Action Zone?

The High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) is a government funded scheme delivered by Historic England.

Selected as one of 68 locations, Gosport Borough Council in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) secured funding of £1.78 million to implement a four year multi-project programme across Gosport High Street and Stoke Road conservation areas.

Through these projects, Gosport's HSHAZ plans to transform disused or underused high street buildings and establish new creative, cultural, residential and commercial opportunities.

We want you to join us on this journey and help make Gosport's HSHAZ a success. There will be a range of opportunities for you to get involved, from working with HCT on creative exhibitions for Gosport Museum and Art Gallery, contributing ideas for the new training hub and co-working spaces and developing our historic alleyways programme.

With Gosport's local heritage and character at its core, it is hoped the HSHAZ will become a catalyst for further investment and regeneration across borough.  For an overview of the current projects please see:

For the latest news and developments in relation to the HSHAZ programme and its projects please sign up below for regular updates:

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Where are we now?

February 2020

New Project Manager

Pete Fellows has been appointed as the new HSHAZ Project Manager. Pete worked for the Heritage Lottery Fund in London and Manchester before heading south to manage large-scale conservation projects. Pete joined in February and will be a key feature for Gosport's HSHAZ.

Heritage Property Grants Scheme

The Heritage Property Grants scheme will provide investment and support to repair and renovate historic shop-fronts along the High Street and Stoke Road. Applications are due to go live soon. 

Gosport Museum and Art Gallery (GMAG)

Gosport Museum and Gallery

Planning applications were submitted last month for the redevelopment of Gosport Gallery and SEARCH. We anticipate approval of the scheme by April and work to commence in May. Watch this space for the latest news or follow @SEARCHGosport and @discovergosport on Twitter.

Gosport's Market

A report on Gosport's Market was recently commissioned to help understand the local provision, market opportunities and bring back to life what was once the bustling heart of the town centre. A range of options are being explored which include:

  • Specialist markets such as craft, farmers' and themed visiting markets
  • Local community group events
  • Improved marketing and promotion
  • Recruiting more traders and running a trader training programme for small local or first time traders.

HSHAZ Place-making Programme

The Place Board is a collection of community representatives and ambassadors leading on place-making activity for Gosport. In October they launched The Gosport Story which brings to life the history, heritage and ambitions of our borough.

Watch the latest Ambassador Meeting below or find out more about The Gosport Story

Gosport Cultural Compact/Cultural Development Strategy

Arts Council England has designated the Gosport Place Board as a 'Cultural Compact'. One of the first initiatives under the Gosport Cultural Compact has seen funding from Arts Council England, Gosport Borough Council and Hampshire Cultural Trust committed for the delivery of a Cultural Development Strategy.

Place making consultancy 'The means' has been selected via open tender to support delivery of the Cultural Development Strategy and will be engaging with wide cross-sections of the community plus key stakeholder groups to develop a 10 year roadmap for the expansion of arts and cultural activities within Gosport.

Read more about Gosport becoming a Cultural Compact:

Gosport Heritage Action Zone

The wider borough has been desigated a Heritage Action Zone by Historic England due to its rich military heritage. Running alongside the HSHAZ, Gosport HAZ seeks to support the regeneration of key sites bringing new use to these historic buildings and preserving them for the future. For more details please see Gosport Heritage Action Zone

About Historic England

We are Historic England the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we've come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories these places tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.