Setback for Cullompton’s Heritage Bid
Posted on: 1 June 2018
A recent bid for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to help restore the historic centre of Cullompton has been unsuccessful.
Mid Devon District Council and partners were disappointed to hear that their 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 was unsuccessful. Although the Council had put forward a strong case for funding, HLF advised that the programme had once again been massively oversubscribed and its board of trustees had had to make difficult decisions about who to fund. This was particularly disappointing as Cullompton’s proposal was the only scheme from the South West to be considered in this the last round of this particular programme. The Council will be looking for other opportunities to support the regeneration of the town centre
In the autumn, the Council will be embarking on a masterplanning process for Cullompton town centre. This will allow residents to contribute their ideas on how they want the town centre to develop in line with increasing needs and demands. This process will be starting in September.
Cllr Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: “This news is obviously a great disappointment, but we are looking at ways to continue the regeneration of the town centre and conserve its heritage.
“There will be a real opportunity with the masterplanning process to identify how residents want the town centre to develop. We would like to see a thriving town, that is appreciated by residents and visitors alike, with an attractive range of shops and leisure opportunities. We are looking for genuine regeneration that looks to the future needs of the town, while respecting and building on its historic past.”
Despite this disappointing news the Council will be looking at every opportunity to continue to work with local landowners and other stakeholders to take forward heritage improvements and regeneration in the town.Posted in: