Lottery funding success for Mansfield restoration project

July 31, 2018 2:23 pm

Heritage Leeming Steet scene from 20th century

Mansfield town centre will benefit from nearly £850,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund grants for improving key period buildings following a successful bid.  The Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project focuses on parts of Leeming Street and the Market Place conservation area.  In short, it will benefit from £849,100 of money raised by National Lottery players.

The Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project

The project will help local businesses and property owners to carry out property repairs and refurbishments in order to enhance the architectural quality of the Victorian and Georgian buildings.

Mansfield District Council is working with Vision West Notts. College, Mansfield BID, Mansfield Museum and Nottinghamshire County Council.  Moreover, the project will provide a five-year programme of conservation, community engagement, and educational events.

There will also be work experience opportunities for students and volunteers to learn about conservation and restoration skills.  As well as opportunities to be involved in film, story-telling, street theatre, art and photography activities.  Of course, all this will be celebrating efforts to return one of Mansfield’s most elegant shopping streets to its former glory.

Grants available

Meanwhile, property owners can apply for match-funded grants of up to 75% to help with the cost of making improvements.  Of course, these improvements need to be in sympathy with the buildings’ heritage.

Cllr Dave Saunders is Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Growth at Mansfield District Council.  He said: “This is great news for Mansfield town centre, our businesses and residents.  Thank you to the Heritage Lottery Fund for this vital funding and our partners who have worked with us to create the successful bid.

“The conservation area around Mansfield Market Place contains some of our most unique and historic buildings.  This Townscape Heritage project will preserve the character and use of these important architectural assets for future generations.  And improve the  town centre’s appearance and vitality, which is part of our long-term vision.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for local residents to get involved, for example, by taking advantage of future training sessions to develop their skills in conservation and restoration.”

Wider vision

The project is part of the council’s wider vision to improve the appearance and vibrancy of the town centre.  And to put Mansfield on the map as a good place in which to live, work, invest and visit.

Other strands to this vision include redeveloping the Old Town Hall and moving forward with plans to build a hotel on the site of the old bus station.  It is hoped these will attract an increased variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and bars.  As well as more customers, jobs and an overall boost to the local economy.

The long-term strategy is to help Mansfield meet the challenges of the changing face of the high streets.  A national phenomenon.  This will be achieved through encouraging more independent retailers and making the centre as much a place for socialising, entertainment and living in, as it is a place for shopping.

Grants available

The council already provides business start-up, growth, vacant shop and shop front improvement grants.  Find out more.  Such initiatives help reduce vacancy rates and also encourage more independent retailers to the town.  Furthermore, the council also works with BID partners to provide support for established businesses to grow.

If your property is within the Mansfield Market Place Conservation Area, you may be able to benefit from the Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project.  To find out more or see how you can get involved, contact Matt Wright, Regeneration Project Officer on 01623 463176.  Alternatively, visit the dedicated webpage.

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