A multi million pound scheme to regenerate Northallerton town centre has been given the green light by leading district councillors.

It means the £15m project – which will transform the market town – will now go forward to bid for central government cash.

The town is one of 101 across the UK selected to be considered by Future High Streets funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The District Council was asked to develop a business case to access cash from the fund and focused on Northallerton - the funding is for large scale transformational change making it ideal for the town.

Hambleton’s vision for Northallerton – for which it is applying for £7.1 million from the fund – moves the town beyond its reliance on the existing retail trade, by creating a better night time economy, more cultural and leisure opportunities and uncovering its hidden heritage.

The proposals include a redeveloped High Street with an open air events space and artisan craft yard; Treadmills – the redevelopment of the town’s former prison to provide retail, business and leisure space and a post 18 education facility; and living spaces above shops,.

Members of Hambleton’s Cabinet gave approval for the submission yesterday (July 7). The bid must be with MHCLG by the end of July with successful bids announced by the end of September.

The scheme will be match funded by the District Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership.