New grant scheme to revive historic buildings in Park

A £2million grant scheme is being rolled out across the Northumberland National Park, which offers funding for landowners to restore historic farm buildings.

Friday, 11th May 2018, 11:33 am
Mark Watt of Savills.

The Historic Building Restoration Grant aims to save iconic historic farm buildings in the English National Parks from falling out of use.

Mark Watt, head of the architecture and building surveying team at Savills in the north of England, said: “The traditional farm buildings situated within our national parks behold a vast amount of charm, character and beauty and it is fantastic that their historic value and importance, particularly their contribution in landscape value, has been recognised.”

The scheme is open until January 31.

Owners of these buildings can apply for a grant, which offers 80 per cent towards the cost of restoration, which can include replacing the roof, weatherproofing the exterior, or other restoration works so that the building can be used again for farming purposes.

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Mark said: “It is excellent news for our most scenic landscape that such a scheme has been put in place to confront the real threat of loss to otherwise potentially unviable investment.

“This grant will not only allow for the repair of buildings, but more importantly it will enable those repairs to be carried out in an appropriate manner, being respectful of traditional construction and thus safeguarding our rural history and culture for the future.”

The grant is supported by an implementation plan which is fully funded so that applicants can work with national park advisers to develop a management plan to deliver the restoration, engaging conservation consultants where necessary.

Once a grant is approved, agreement holders will have two years to complete the works.

For further information, or for expert advice on the restoration of a historic building, contact Mark Watt at Savills on 01325 270 422 or email mwatt@savills.com