A MULTI-MILLION pound grant to help regenerate Northallerton town centre has been welcomed by councillors.

Central Government announced that the town will receive £6m from the Future High Streets Fund which was set up to drive economic growth on the high street and help them recover from the Covid pandemic.

Members of Hambleton Districts Council's cabinet will look at detailed plans for how this money will be spent when they meet next month.

Officers are currently revising the schemes in the £8.8m business case submitted to Government in July 2020 to take into account the new grant offer.

The council's vision for Northallerton moves the town beyond its reliance on the existing retail trade.

It aims to build upon that by creating a better night time economy, more town centre homes and additional cultural and leisure opportunities by repurposing space on the high street.

Council leader Mark Robson said: “This is a very exciting time for Northallerton – and for Hambleton as a whole.

"We want to develop Northallerton as a place for people to come to linger and enjoy, not just to shop.

" Ensuring that our new Treadmills development and the high street work together will also benefit the town.

“This will not only benefit the town but the district."