Positive response to £2 million King’s Lynn property scheme

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The people behind a £1.5million scheme to transform a historic area of Lynn are pleased with the response.

West Norfolk Council is offering grants to help property owners and leaseholders renovate run-down buildings in St Margaret’s Conservation Area.

A £1 million Heritage Lottery grant which has been match-funded by West Norfolk Council has created a 
£2 million common fund to help improve buildings in Saturday Margaret Place, Tower Street and St James Street.

More than £1.5 million is now available for repairs to historic buildings, restore architectural features or shop front and bring vacant buildings back into use as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative. The remainder of the money is being held to run the five-year scheme, which includes training schemes for college students, consultant fees, and administration.

Since the scheme’s launch in September, the council has received 10 applications.

A council spokesperson said: “We have had a positive response to the Townscape Heritage Initiative grant scheme and have received 10 enquiries so far. We are still keen to hear from property owners in the area.”

Earlier this year the council was given a total of £3 million of Lottery money to transform Saturday Market Place and surrounds.

Properties in critical need of repair or enhancements and which have a significant impact on an area are given priority for the money to be spent by 2019.

Full details of the sorts of projects which may be eligible and how to apply can be found at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/heritagenews.