What is being grant funded?

Properties in the THI are being restored and improved using appropriate heritage construction techniques. The works being carried out include; replacing unsympathetic shopfronts with new shopfronts based on historic research, building repairs and reinstatement of architectural details (e.g. reinstating timber sash windows, stonework repair, repairing stone slate roofs and chimney stacks, repairing traditional gutters and cast iron rainwater pipes), and in some cases carrying out internal structural repairs.

Preliminary works prior to the grant being agreed included bat surveys, asbestos surveying, structural surveys and planning applications.

Property owners who participate in the scheme will receive a grant of up to 90% of the costs of carrying out these works. In return they are asked to sign up to Rossendale Council project managing the works using it’s appointed team of conservation architects, quantity surveyors and building contractors. This is to ensure that the works are designed and constructed to an appropriate heritage standard.

Where a property was vacant a 'conservation deficit' calculation was made to determine the owner contribution costs. This was based on the agreed, priced works and the impact that it would have on the building.

Properties within the town centre were allocated critical, priority or reserve status and the owners were approached and asked if they would like to be part of the project.