Northallerton Shop Front Improvement Scheme

Northallerton Shop Front Improvement Scheme

Northallerton is one of 69 towns to be selected as a High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) throughout England by Historic England. A number of initiatives have been determined under this HAZ to help to revive and strengthen Northallerton’s historic High Street. One of  the key initiatives is the Shop Front Improvement Scheme which provides the opportunity to improve shop fronts in line with their historic context. This scheme aims to foster a sense of pride in the high street and encourage landlords to ensure that their properties continue to be maintained to a high standard.

The Shop Front Improvement Scheme has been allocated a grant by Historic England to be spent over next 3 years (2021-2024). Both Hambleton District Council and Northallerton BID have added contributions to this to provide a higher intervention rate and to help bring more schemes forward.

Shop Front Improvement Grant

Hambleton District Council are offering a grants to encourage retail businesses along the Northallerton High Street to improve their shop fronts. The grants available will be up to 75% of total project costs, with a maximum grant of £25,000.

What can the grant be used for? What work is eligible?

The grants are available to repair the fabric of the front of your building/s. The design and materials should be informed by the vernacular of the historical townscape, and architectural period/vernacular of the property. In considering whether your scheme is eligible the criteria below will assist:

  • Condition – is the frontage in poor condition?
  • Appearance – does the shop front compliment the above façade? Is the frontage in scale to the initial building and neighbouring units?
  • Heritage Façade – is the façade / shop front of historic value?
  • Prominence – is the building in a location which naturally draws attention?
  • Grouping of Units – are a number of units that sit next to each other that could be developed together, thereby creating a greater impact?
  • Strategic Fit – are the units connected/linked to other improvement projects?

How much grant can you receive? What are the conditions?

All grants offered through the scheme will require a guarantee of match funding of at least 25% of the total value of the works being applied for. The grant will only fund up to 75% of the value of the works, the remaining 25% must be paid by the applicant.

Who can apply for a grant?

In order to be considered for a grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must own or lease the property. If you lease the property, it must have at least 3 years still to run.
  • If you don’t own or lease the property, the application must be made jointly with the owner or leaseholder. A lease with a break clause in it will not be acceptable.
  • You must not have previously received a grant or loan from the Heritage Action Zone or Historic England.
  • Your company must not have had £315k or more of public subsidy assistance in the last three financial years.
  • The property must be in the designated HAZ project area:

Northallerton Heritage action zone map

How to apply

Download the application form and return it with all accompanying drawings, schedules and photographs to the address below.

Shop Front Improvement Grant Team
Business and Economy
Hambleton District Council
Civic Centre, Stone Cross
Rotary Way
Northallerton, DL6 2UU
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