Application for Heritage Funding unsuccessful

Posted on: 30 January 2017

Mid Devon District Council has been unsuccessful in its bid to secure funding to help renovate historic buildings in Cullompton. The Council had made a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Townscape Heritage’ Programme for funding to support the restoration and renovation of buildings in Cullompton’s historic conservation area. Although the Council had put forward a strong case for funding, we were advised that the programme had been massively oversubscribed and the national board had to make difficult decisions in what was a strong field. The Council will continue to work with local landowners and other stakeholders so we are in a position to reapply in the next annual bidding round in December 2017.

Cllr Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: “We are obviously disappointed, as we thought we had put together a very strong bid, but we understand it is a very competitive process. We were aware that very few bids are successful first time round so although disappointing it is not unexpected.

Even though we were not successful this time around, I am convinced there is benefit in reapplying later this year so we can attract the funding needed to regenerate Cullompton’s Historic Centre.”

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