James Street & Market Place regeneration

Whitehaven Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a £1.3 million project designed and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by Copeland Borough Council. The project aims to raise awareness of the value and quality of the historic built environment and promote good practice in building conservation. 

This survey is being conducted to help evaluate the success of the project. The scheme focuses on the area from the former YMCA building through to Market Place, Whitehaven. The project comes to an end in December 2018 and by its completion it will have transformed 10 properties, facilitated the creation of four new businesses in previously vacant properties, provided a public space where the former toilet block once stood and provided training and learning opportunities for nearly 1,400 people.  

The THI has given grants to improve the following 10 properties:

- The former YMCA building (now The Foyer)
- Beaute by Joanne (32 James Street, formerly vacant)
- AG Fashion (36 James Street)
- Cafe 35 (35 James Street)
- James Street Barbers (38 James Street)
- Chicken Shop (42 Market Place)
- The Market Deli (43 Market Place)
- Little Whims (45 Market Place, formerly vacant)
- Timeless Beauty (48 Market Place)
- New Hong Kong (50 Market Place)

Funding for the project is from Heritage Lottery Fund, BEC, Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council. 

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* 1. Do you believe the properties that have been given grants enhance the character of the area and look better than before the regeneration took place?

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* 2. Would you be more likely to visit this area of the town centre more now than five years ago?

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* 3. Do you think the quality of the shops as a whole in the James Street and Market Place area of Whitehaven has improved over the past five years?

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* 4. The THI has funded the creation of a public space in the area opposite the former YMCA building. Do you think this forms an attractive entrance to this part of the town?

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* 5. What do you like best about this public space?

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* 6. Do you think it is important to protect, preserve and celebrate Whitehaven's heritage?

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* 7. Have you or someone you know taken part in any of the following THI events or activities?

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* 8. Have you seen any of the following publications produced by the THI team?

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