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Grants available for improvements to historic buildings

Funding is still available to help owners of listed and historic buildings in Tamworth maintain and reinstate important features of the town’s heritage.

There is still cash in the pot as part of the 2017/18 Conservation Grant Scheme which can deliver grants of up to £10,000 for people who own statutory listed buildings, locally-listed buildings or any historic buildings within one of the borough’s Conservation Areas.

Grants can be used towards the cost of a variety of work, including:

  • Repairs to roofs, doors, windows, shop fronts, internal and external architectural features
  • Reinstatement of architectural features
  • External walls, stone and brick work, including repointing
  • Structural repairs such as foundation work
  • Repair and replacement of boundary walls, railings, stone setts and traditional brick paving

Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “It’s important to protect and preserve the town’s historic assets where possible, but it can be very costly to maintain a listed or historic building. The Conservation Grant Scheme is designed to help owners meet some of those costs.

“Especially in areas such as the town centre, work done to preserve and restore historic buildings can have the wider benefit of improving the street scene, as well as protecting the town’s heritage for future generations.

“Funding is allocated each financial year and there is still some in the pot for 2017/18 so I would encourage property owners to consider the scheme and see if they are eligible. It could enable you to carry out vital work that you perhaps didn’t think was possible financially.”

Grants can be awarded for listed buildings anywhere in the borough, or historic buildings situated in one of the town’s dedicated Conservation Areas. These include Tamworth town centre, Hospital Street, Albert Road/Victoria Street, Amington Green, Amington Hall, Dosthill and Wilnecote.

More information about grant eligibility and how to apply is available via Tamworth Borough Council’s Conservation and Heritage pages at https://www.tamworth.gov.uk/conservation-heritage. Financial assistance is currently offered to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis. Grants typically fund up to 50% of the cost of work and cannot be given for work that has already taken place.

Anyone who is planning on carrying out any work to or within a heritage asset is advised to contact the council’s conservation officer or planning department via 01827 709709 to see whether planning permission and/or listed building consent is required.

Tamworth Borough Council has also produced a guide to preventative maintenance which offers advice on maintaining historic buildings, including tips for employing the right people to carry out the work. This can also be viewed via the council’s conservation and heritage web pages.