Gosport Heritage Action Zone

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Gosport Ambassadors Scheme Launch on 8th Dec 2020

Andy Grant, chair of the Gosport Place Board acted as host for this webinar with the theme of the event being; “The Use of Arts & Culture in re-inventing the Gosport High Street HAZ Area”

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Topics included: Gosport High Street Heritage Action Zone (GHSHAZ) – “ A Catalyst for Renewal” Andrew Sugden, Economic Development Manager at Gosport Borough Council and Project Director for GHSHAZ, provided an introduction to the Programme and outlined how local residents, businesses and groups could engage with the various Projects and share their views on High Street renewal Redevelopment of Gosport Museum & Art Gallery.

(GMAG) Paul Sapwell, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust outlined proposals for one of the GHSHAZ flagship projects, the transformation of the ‘Old Grammar School’ into a contemporary Museum & Art Gallery, providing greater opportunities to access & participate in the arts and culture. Paul also unveiled drawings of the proposed new internal plans & layouts for GMAG Introducing the Gosport ‘Cultural Compact’ and moves to uplift Arts & Culture provision in Gosport Simon Jutton from Arts Council England introduced the local Cultural Compact and highlight proposed future work designed to transform sector development in Gosport. 

This event is to be the first of a bi-monthly series of Ambassador events intended to highlight major initiatives in Gosport that will provide key messages and insights, that can help ‘lift the conversation’ regarding the Borough and its plans for the future

Launch of the Gosport story

Find out about the plans for developing Gosport’s Story into the future…

View the video recording of the recent launch webinar about the Gosport Story below

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Gosport awarded special status to make the most of its unique history

Watch the video and see full article at https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/gosport/gosport-awarded-special-status-to-make-the-most-of-its-unique-history-1-8705126

THE RICH heritage of one town is to be celebrated as part of a five-year scheme which will see neglected buildings back into use as housing or retail spaces and a boost for tourism.

Gosport has been chosen as one of the country’s Heritage Action Zones, Gosport Borough Council and Historic England have announced. The ambition is to bring neglected buildings back into use, improve areas to kick-start regeneration, and increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of Gosport’s rich heritage.

Historic areas such as Gosport Ramparts, Priddy’s Hard, Blockhouse, Anglesey, Stokes Bay and the Alver Valley will be the focus of the scheme.

Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘This news confirms the borough as one of the richest areas for military historic buildings in the country.  ‘A lot has been done in recent years to make the most of our heritage and realise the potential of historic buildings, but there’s more to do. ‘We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Historic England and look forward to some imaginative thinking to bring buildings back into use through restoration. ‘This status will help us get funding for regeneration projects and give us more resources to work on our plans. We can’t wait to get started on the project and ensure the town’s character and heritage will truly benefit the area, and current and future generations.’

The scheme, to be led by Gosport Borough Council, will help to boost tourism and create jobs.

The detailed plan for the Heritage Action Zone will be worked up by spring 2019 and will include any grant funding to be provided by Historic England.

There are already 18 Heritage Action Zones in villages, towns and cities across England. In these places, Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock their potential and to make them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

Clare Charlesworth, planning group lead for Historic England in the south-east region, said: ‘Gosport has so much to be proud of, from Priddy’s Hard to Blockhouse. ‘Some of its historic buildings are showing signs of neglect but with a little investment and imagination, they can become assets for the people of Gosport to enjoy and a benefit to the town’s economy. ‘We are looking forward to working with Gosport Borough Council to increase awareness of what the town has to offer and to make it easy for investors and developers to bring jobs, homes and visitors here.’