High Wycombe town centre is set to get a cash injection of £15 million in a bid to "renew and reshape" the area.

More detailed plans about how the cash will be spent on improving the town centre are expected to be drawn up within the next few weeks.

A large portion of the cash - £11.7 million - came from a successful bid for funding from the Future High Street Fund competition run by the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG).

Alongside the MHCLG funding, Buckinghamshire Council has approved £3.4 million of capital funding allocated to the programme, making an overall investment of £15 million in to the town centre.

The final deadline for spending MHCLG funds under the programme is March 2024.

The money from the government will be used to "renew and reshape the town centre in a way that improves people's experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability".

Cllr Steve Bowles, cabinet member for Town Centre Regeneration said: “This is fantastic news for High Wycombe. I’m both pleased and proud that our bid was successful and that we are one of only a few towns in the whole country to get this money.

"I’m looking forward to the next exciting phase of developing our plans and ideas for the town and after that, working to deliver some great projects which will make High Wycombe fit for the future.”

The future is looking much brighter for High Wycombe town centre after it was announced a string of new restaurants and chains are opening up, bringing huge investment.

B&M will be opening in the High Street, Creams dessert parlour is coming to White Hart Street, alongside a new Italian restaurant and gelateria, and Five Guys is opening up in Cressex.

Wimpy also recently moved back to the town centre and a new restaurant opened its doors in the Eden Shopping Centre.

Some of the tired old paving in the High Street was also recently renewed, and a mini 'parklet' along with free WiFi was introduced by HWBIDCo.

Improvements have been made to the once "dwindling" market, with more planned.