Stapleford Towns Fund

Information about the Stapleford Towns Fund - a £21m investment in Stapleford Town Centre.

Pedestrians walking

We 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

Town Centre Recovery Grant Scheme 

To help Stapleford's high street businesses get back on track and attract new businesses to the area, this £1m grant scheme is helping over 70  local businesses with business support and support to develop their existing premises. 

Community Pavilion and Young People’s Centre

Plans for a £6.4m community building and recreation ground are in progress for the Hickings Lane Recreation Ground. Due to open in 2025, it will bring the community together for socialising, fitness, sports, events and learning.

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 £5m Enterprise Hub to be named The Pencil Works is due to open 2026 on Victoria Street, offering start-up and up-scaling space for businesses through flexible office space, creative Makers Space which can be used for pop-up events, stalls, etc. 

Find out more on our Enterprise Hub page.

Library Learning Facility 

To offer new and improved learning opportunities for residents, the library has be upgraded to create a new education centre for entry level skills training, completed in May 2023. The building’s façade has also been improved due to be completed in Spring 2024.

Find out more on our Library learning facility page.

Safer Cycling Scheme

To encourage more people to travel in a more sustainable way, the Towns Fund  will improve the local cycle infrastructure with cycling support, training facilities and safer networks.

Find out more on our Safer Cycling Scheme page.

Street Improvement Scheme 

We will make the town centre more appealing and safer for people by reducing the amount of street clutter and speed humps, increasing parking, event space and access to shops, and improving and greening the environment.

Find out more on our Street Improvement Scheme page.

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.
  • 2023/2026 – Construction projects delivery