The Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered in partnership with Mansfield BID, Vision West Nottinghamshire College and Nottinghamshire County Council is now live!
The Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project, which focuses on parts of Leeming Street and the Market Place conservation area, will benefit from £849,100 of money raised by National Lottery players.
The circa £1.3m project helps local businesses and property owners in this area carry out property repairs and refurbishments to enhance the architectural quality of the Victorian and Georgian buildings.
The project is being delivered in collaboration with Vision West Notts College, Mansfield BID, Mansfield Museum and Nottinghamshire County Council, providing a five-year programme of conservation, community engagement, and educational events for the town.
Work experience opportunities for students will be available for 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, celebrating efforts to return one of Mansfield's most elegant shopping streets to its former glory.
Property owners will be able to apply for match-funded grants of up to 75% to help with the cost of making improvements, which are in sympathy with their heritage. - grant applications will open in February 2019.
The project is part of a wider vision by the council 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.
The long-term strategy is to try to help Mansfield meet the challenges of the changing face of the high streets - a phenomenon happening across Britain - by 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.
The council already provides business start-up, growth and shop front improvement grants, to help reduce vacancy rates and encourage more independent retailers to the town and works with BID partners to provide support for established businesses to grow.
If your property is within the Mansfield Market Place Conservation Area and you would like to discuss eligibility for the project, please fill out the Expression of interest form.
Please email your completed form to Jonathan Lee, Townscape Heritage Officer in the Ashfield and Mansfield Regeneration Service or call us on 01623 463369.