Keighley Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)

What is the Keighley Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)?

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.

What is eligible for funding?

  • Structural and external repair of buildings in use 
  • Reinstatement of architectural features 
  • Bringing vacant floor space back into use

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.

What level of grant is available?

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.

What else will the THI achieve?

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:

  • Heritage skills training 
  • Community activities

For more information

For more information please contact us.

Contact details

Landscape, Design & Conservation Team
4th Floor Britannia House
Hall Ings

Phone : 01274 434551
Email :

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