The Keighley Townscape Heritage Initiative is a £2.7million grant scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Bradford Council. It has been established to help property owners and tenants restore their historic buildings within the town centre conservation area, and is concentrated along the historic area of North Street, High Street, Church Street, Low Street and Bridge Street.
The majority of buildings within the THI area have retail or commercial uses. Many of them are under used, with either empty shops or vacant upper floor space. The aim of the grant scheme is to bring vitality back into the area by restoring historic features such as traditional shop fronts and windows, and refurbishing vacant floor space to make it suitable for modern uses. Pavements will be re-laid in York stone flags, and the public realm will be de-cluttered to make the area more appealing.
This five year scheme will promote investment and increase footfall in the area, and instil a sense of pride in this architecturally stunning and distinctive environment.
Traditional building techniques must be used and professional advisors such as Architects and Surveyors must be chartered. They should be accredited with the RICS or RIBA.
Where a property is in use the grant may cover up to 75% of the cost of eligible works.
Where a property is vacant a separate grant rate will apply (a conservation deficit calculation). The level of grant will be based on the increase in the property value following the works.
A number of complementary initiatives are run alongside these works to widen people's knowledge of the THI area, understand historic buildings and learn craft skills. These include:
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