Grants up for grabs to renovate homes in Hartlepool conservation areas

Church Street, which is one of the conservation areas.
Church Street, which is one of the conservation areas.

People have the chance to apply for council cash to carry out work within conservation areas in Hartlepool that are nearing 100 years old.

A limited number of conservation grants are available from Hartlepool Borough Council to help people repair and restore pre-1919 residential properties in the town’s eight conservation areas.

The areas – Church Street, Elwick, Grange, Greatham, Headland, Park, Seaton Carew and Stranton.

The scheme has been running for seven years and since its launch has seen financial assistance given to carry out projects on 142 properties and 47 companies carry out the work.

The council has set aside a total of £20,000 this year for the grants and applications will be considered to cover the following:

l Structural repairs, including brick stitching and repair of structural timbers;

l External work including re-roofing, roof timbers, rainwater items, stonework and brickwork repairs, rendering and re-pointing;

l Reinstatement of architectural features including windows and doors.

Grants will be considered for up to 50% of the cost of eligible work up to a maximum of £5,000 in any one year.

Properties are only eligible to be considered for one grant per scheme, however further grant support may be considered for other elements of work on the same property in subsequent years if budgets are available.

Applications will not be considered in respect of:

l Commercial properties;

l Work which has already started or been completed;

l Work which has benefitted from a Council conservation grant in the past;

l Maintenance work such as rendering and painting of properties including doors and windows.

Sarah Scarr, the council’s landscape planning and conservation team leader, urged people to make an application as soon as possible as the latest allocations will be made on a first-come, first -served basis.

She said: “Over the seven years that the Conservation Grant Scheme has been in operation, help has been given to a total of 142 properties and 47 companies have carried out work as part of the scheme – the majority of them based in Hartlepool.

“The grants this year will once again be offered on a first-come, first-served basis so people need to act promptly if they wish to be considered.”

For more information, people interested in making an application under the scheme should contact Sarah Scarr on (01429) 523275 or email sarah.scarr@
hartlepool.gov.uk