The town centre has a wealth of heritage assets including many listed buildings situated within the Conservation Area. An external assessment of the front of buildings has been completed; this identifies the works required to individual buildings to help preserve the historic frontages and improve the appearance.
The grant programme to encourage, and part fund, a programme of owner led repairs to the historic shopfronts and buildings in the town centre has now closed. This project will provide:
- Support for remedial works required by the historic building assessment
- Initially fund up to a maximum of 70% of the cost of identified high level or urgent work
- Fund up to 50% of other works
- Maximum grant, £6k per property
- A maximum of two award per recipient in respect of individual properties
Where owners have multiple properties, grants will be prioritised towards those propertied requiring:
- urgent works
- high level works
- other work
Funds are specifically to support identified improvements and will be awarded against a programme of costed works based on quotes from two independent (without connection) contractors. Grants ar e released on satisfactory completion of works, on production of receipted invoices and after inspection.
The grant programme ran from April 2022 to July 2022. Works were to be fully completed and all claims made by 28 February 2023. Grants can be used for residential as well as commercial properties .
The grant programme opened with an initial call for applications in April 2022, the option will remain open for two months for priority buildings identified as requiring urgent works and high level work.
If an owner has multiple properties, the total funding award will not exceed £12k (equivalent to two maximum funding awards). Funds will be prioritised to those buildings requiring urgent and high level works ahead of other properties.
The application process has been suspended.