We are pleased to announce we have secured an extra £3.5 million from National Highways designated funds to enhance the St Neots Future High Streets Fund town centre regeneration projects.

Earlier this year we announced that St Neots would be a beneficiary of the government’s Future High Streets Fund following a successful business case bid from us, making it one of only 72 high streets across England to receive government funding.

Following our successful bid for further funding from National Highways, the total District Council-led investment into the St Neots regeneration programme is now £16.3 million.

The extra funding from National Highways will help to deliver three of the six Future High Streets Fund projects. It will support:

  • pedestrian and cycling improvements to St Neots Road Bridge

  • High Street improvements including; tree-planting, improved crossings, and safer loading and parking bays

  • Market Square improvements including the removal of car parking, improved public realm and connectivity enhancements for buses and taxis.

Executive Leader of the council, Councillor Ryan Fuller, said:

"The District Council’s ambitions for St Neots, and our other market towns, are without limit. Having already secured £6.9 million of government and other local funding and invested £5.9 million into this project directly.

"I am delighted that our latest bid to National Highways has been approved; and that we have delivered another £3.5 million for the St Neots town centre regeneration projects.

"In total, we have now brought together £16.3 million of new investment to support and enhance St Neots town centre."

National Highways Project Director for the A428 scheme, Lee Galloway, said:

"Strong relationships and partnerships with our communities are important to us. The A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvement scheme will bring huge benefits to all those who live, work and travel in and around Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

"By providing this funding and working with our partners, together we’ll be able to continue delivering greater benefits to the local people and the community."

The extra funds for St Neots will be used to further enhance the work that is already ongoing, the prime goal of which is to regenerate St Neots town centre and provide a town centre fit for the future.

View further information on the Future High Street Fund projects.

The full £16.3 million investment for St Neots is made up of:

  • £3.8 million from the Future High Streets Fund

  • £5.9 million from Huntingdonshire District Council

  • £3.1 million from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and

  • the new funding of £3.5 million from National Highways.

On Wednesday 19 May, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed that St Neots is set to benefit from investment from the government’s Future High Streets Fund, alongside only 71 other high streets from across England.

Last month we confirmed that the total £12.8 million investment into the district’s largest market town, St Neots, was made up of £5.9 million from the District Council directly, £3.1 million from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and £3,748,815 from the MHCLG’s Future High Streets Fund. We will be leading on the project, with valued input from local stakeholders though widespread consultation. The funding enables us to deliver the full £12.8 million scheme which comprises six projects:

  • regeneration of the Old Falcon Inn

  • redevelopment of the Priory Centre/Priory Quarter

  • improvements to the Market Square

  • improvements to the High Street

  • improvements to the St Neots Road Bridge

  • a new waterfront route.

Executive Leader of the council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "This welcome confirmation of the funding from MHCLG is the final step before we move to widespread local consultation throughout the summer.

"We can now focus on delivering this exciting project, and I am looking forward to the consultation where we will work with local residents and stakeholders to develop the detail of the overall investment, creating a prosperous future for St Neots town centre."

Jonathan Djanogly, Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, said: "This is great news that the £3.75 million government funding for St Neots town centre has been confirmed. Thanks to Huntingdonshire District Council for putting together such a compelling bid for St Neots and investing further funds to deliver the full £12.8 million project, and to the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government for its commitment to St Neots."

Local consultation on the proposals for St Neots and how best to integrate the regeneration and development into the market town’s high street will begin this summer with residents, businesses and other local stakeholders.

The Future High Streets Fund was launched in December 2018 and is a key part of the government’s plan to renew and reshape town centres – making them a more attractive place to live, work and visit.   It is just one of the ways the government is supporting the retail and hospitality sector.

Cllr Ryan Fuller at St Neots Market Square  

Huntingdonshire District Council is launching the engagement process for the St Neots Future High Streets Fund town centre regeneration project, starting with the launch of an online survey, for the community and for businesses, which will be available for any interested party to complete from Wednesday 11 August.

The launch of the survey will lead to a workshop, taking place on Monday 6 September, to provide an update on the project and invite input from local stakeholders and signals the beginning of further widespread engagement activities.

The Future High Streets Fund project in St Neots was confirmed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in May 2021 alongside 71 other selected high streets across England. It includes a total £12.8 million investment into the district’s largest market town, St Neots, made up of £5.9 million from the District Council directly, £3.1 million from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and £3,748,815 from the MHCLG’s Future High Streets Fund.

Executive Leader of the Council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "I am pleased that our public engagement process can now begin. We are inviting local residents and stakeholders to get involved with the project which will help us to further develop the details of the project as a whole, as well as the individual areas of focus. As the engagement process progresses I hope that as many residents, businesses and visitors will have their say so that we can use this unprecedented investment of MHCLG and District Council funds to create a prosperous and positive future for St Neots, paving the way for our other market towns."

The areas of focus for the St Neots Future High Streets Fund projects are:

  • regeneration of the Old Falcon Inn

  • redevelopment of the Priory Centre/Priory Quarter

  • improvements to the Market Square

  • improvements to the High Street

  • improvements to the St Neots Road Bridge

  • a new waterfront route.

Further opportunities to get involved in our engagement process will follow from the online survey, including appearances at St Neots-based events such as pop-up engagement stands on market days. Over the next few months, pop-up events, focus groups, business engagement activities and events working closely with local community groups and schools will be organised to help reach as many local people as possible, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to get involved with one of our largest public engagements to date.

All engagement events and opportunities will be advertised on the dedicated St Neots Future High Streets Fund pages and shared widely through members, community groups, partners, social media and traditional media channels.

Links to the surveys are below: 

Community Questionnaire - if you live in, work in or visit St Neots, please complete this survey.

Business Questionnaire - we're keen to understand the perspective of people who own businesses in St Neots so if you're a local business owner, please complete this survey.

Keep up-to-date and join our mailing list with news of the Future High Streets Fund project in St Neots along with frequently asked questions and a full rundown of what the scheme entails on the St Neots Future High Streets Fund pages. If you have any questions or queries, please email fhsf@huntingdonshire.gov.uk.

St Neots Market Square