The Committee heard from the Senior Growth Strategy & Projects Officer, seeking approval of the Market Rasen Historic Building Grant scheme and agreement to proceed to delivery. Through the course of a presentation, Members were advised that TDR Heritage Limited had been appointed to the project, having extensive experience and having delivered similar projects across the country including the successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage
Fund for Gainsborough’s Townscape Heritage Scheme. A steering group had been set up created from a selected group of experts, specialists within heritage led schemes, along with representatives from the Town and District Councils.
It was explained that a condition survey had been completed by TDR Heritage Ltd for all 69 properties in Market Rasen town centre to provide baseline data in preparation for extending the scheme and potential funding opportunities. The survey was carried out in line with Historic England guidance and for each building, there was a detailed report which included a description of the building, its historic value, summary of condition and a summary of the work required. Owing to the estimated cost of all identified work to be completed, a priority zone had been established, within which nine buildings had been identified as high priority. The level of grant funding available would be 80% for repair and 90% for reinstatement, with the remaining funding to be met by the building owners. Grants would be awarded on a first come first served basis. It was anticipated that the successful roll-out of the first phase of the scheme would also lead to future funding opportunities.
The Chairman thanked the Senior Growth Strategy & Projects Officer for her report and presentation. Members were supportive of the details of the scheme and felt there would be significant positive impact arising from it. It was confirmed that the steering group would be up and running alongside the initial conversations with building owners.
In response to a question as to whether the incentive was sufficient for building owners to be involved with the scheme, it was explained that a Project Officer would be appointed to work with the building owners and it was hoped that intervention rates had been wet to be as appealing as possible. As a pilot scheme, there would be the opportunity to review and amend as necessary.
With support from the Committee and having been proposed and seconded, it was unanimously
a) the Market Rasen Historic Building Grant scheme, as set out in the report, be approved; and
b) the Prosperous Communities Committee recommend to Corporate Policy and Resources Committee that approval be given to spend £200,000 on the Market Rasen Historic Building Grant scheme; and
c) the Prosperous Communities Committee recommend to Corporate Policy and Resources Committee that a further £10,000 be drawn down from General Fund Balances for technical support; and
d) the Prosperous Communities Committee receive an annual update on progress.