As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands have been made redundant, while a number of buildings and high streets were deserted.
In an effort to revive the economy from the huge impact of the coronavirus and lockdowns, the government has devised a scheme to turn deserted buildings into homes, workplaces and shops.
Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, said: “High streets sit at the heart of our communities and every part of the country deserves to have one they can be proud of.
“This fund will help breathe new life into high streets in towns and cities across the country – restoring them to their full glory so that they are beautiful places for people to shop, work and enjoy.”
The government-funded high streets heritage action zone (HSHAZ) programme, delivered by Historic England will see most disused and derelict buildings across the country being renovated into homes, shops, offices and community spaces in 68 high streets.
The chief executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson: “Whether it’s a medieval market town, or a post-war city centre, every high street in England has a distinctive history that can be harnessed to help it achieve a prosperous future.
“Investing in heritage delivers good results for people – it means looking after and celebrating the places at the heart of our communities, and the buildings and public spaces which define their character.
“This investment will unlock the potential of these precious high streets and help them thrive again.”
Retail sales had seen a decrease in growth, with empty high streets, while online sales increased as any businesses, individuals and buyers have been contacting activities online since the beginning of the lockdown.