Stapleford Towns Fund

Information about the Stapleford Towns Fund which will see £21m of investment in Stapleford Town Centre.

An artist impression of what the main high street could look likeWe are proud that we were successful in our bid for the Government’s Towns Deal funding to regenerate our great town of Stapleford.

In September 2019, it was announced that £3.6bn was being made available to regenerate more than 100 towns across the UK. We established a Towns Board to develop a Town Investment Plan bid in order to provisionally secure £21m for projects in Stapleford.

As a small town with big potential, this represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a prosperous and inclusive new future and build a lasting legacy for everyone.

We are proud of our heritage, our ambition and our community spirit, and will use this to create a reinvigorated, reimagined town centre, that encourages an influx of new businesses, local skills development and sustainable job creation.

And we want Stapleford to be a great place to live and that means making sure people have access to facilities which help them have active, healthy, enjoyable lifestyles. We will create new sports and recreational facilities that will enhance standards of living and opportunities. 

Through six key projects, in collaboration with our local people and businesses, we will show that town centres can have thriving futures where living, working, shopping, leisure and enjoyment come together to create a vibrant experience which attracts different people at different times.

Our key projects

Through our six key projects, we will show that town centres can have thriving futures where living, working, shopping, leisure and enjoyment come together to create a vibrant experience which attracts different people at different times.

Town Centre Recovery Grant Scheme - already underway

To help Stapleford's high street businesses get back on track and attract new businesses to the area, this grant scheme offers both business support and support to develop existing business premises. 

How to apply

Find out more by visiting our Town Centre Recovery Grant Scheme page.

Community Pavilion and Young People’s Centre

This new centre will be a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building and sports ground on the Hickings Lane Recreation Ground. It will replace the existing pavilion building and bring local community groups together from the town’s two community centres and Young People’s Centre under one roof.

The building will feature a café, function rooms, community centre space and a dedicated young people’s centre, in addition to brand new 3G sports pitches and changing rooms, with extra car parking and cycle storage.

Find out more on our Community Pavilion and Young People's Centre page.

An artist impression of what the enterprise hub could look like

Enterprise Hub Building

To help businesses prosper and attract people to the town, a new Enterprise hub will be created, offering start-up and up-scaling space for businesses through flexible office space and an indoor/outdoor market space for pop-up events and food and drinks stalls.

Find out more on our Enterprise Hub page.

Library Learning Facility 

To offer new and improved learning opportunities for residents, the library will be upgraded to create a new education centre for entry level skills training. The building’s façade will also be improved.

Find out more on our Library learning facility page.

Cycle Network and Associated Infrastructure 

To encourage more people to travel in a more sustainable way, the Town Deal funding will improve the local cycle infrastructure with new cycle routes and training facilities.

Find out more on our Safer Cycling Scheme page.

Street Improvement Scheme 

We want to make the town centre more appealing and safer for pedestrians. A project is being developed ready for business case submission in December 2022. If this is approved and central Government award us the funds, the final details to plans will be arranged in partnership with local people, businesses and community groups.

Find out more on our Street Improvement Scheme page.

The final business cases for all projects, bar the Street improvement scheme, were approved by Government in summer 2022.

Together, Stapleford will stand as a model for what a small town can achieve. It’s our time to shine.

Read more details about the projects on our Towns Fund projects page or watch our video about what the towns fund means.

Key dates

  • Jan/Feb 2020 – Public consultation and Stakeholder groups for initial ideas
  • Oct 2020 – Further public consultation on initial plans
  • Jan 2021 – Town Investment Plan submission to Government
  • Spring - summer 2021 – Project development
  • Oct 2021 – Announcement that we were successful in our bid for the £1million Town Centre Recovery Fund
  • Oct 2021 – March 2022 – Refining projects plans and finance plans
  • April 2022 – Submission of four full final project business cases
  • May/June 2022 – Government approval of plans and funding to be received
  • July – October 2022 – Delivery phase begins. Project development, consultation and planning phase 2. Including the submission of Street Improvement Scheme final business case
  • 2023/2024 – Construction projects delivery