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Heritage grants help businesses go back to the future

Some of the country's loveliest heritage buildings are to be found in the High Peak but keeping them looking that way can be a costly business.

Now, thanks to High Peak Borough Council's Heritage Regeneration Grant Scheme, financial help is available to help fund projects aimed at restoring and repairing historic properties including listed buildings and those within conservation areas.

Grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded to projects to restore or repair traditional commercial frontages within town and village centres across the borough - with up to 75% funding available for the restoration of traditional shop fronts.

Councillor Tony Kemp, Executive Councillor for Regeneration at the Council, said: "Preserving our past history and keeping the character of our towns is something very important to local people, and it also underpins our tourism economy, but we recognise it isn't always cheap.

"Over the years our heritage grant schemes have made a real difference to our communities and enabled renovation projects which wouldn't otherwise have got off the ground. These have made a vital contribution to conserving the unique heritage aspects of our towns and villages so they can continue to be enjoyed down the years.

"I'd encourage any locally based businesses interested in restoring or repairing traditional commercial frontages to contact us and see if we're able to help with a grant."

Anyone interested in the scheme can email for more details.