Owners can apply for a grant which normally covers up to 30 per cent of the cost of works. Grants are offered towards the cost of repairs to the fabric of listed buildings, buildings at risk, historic buildings, structures and walls and the types of buildings that typify the New Forest.
A recent example of a building funded through the grant is Wootton Hall, which is thought to have once been three old cob cottages merged into one; funding was given for the repairs to its sash and French windows.
Anne-Marie Lomax, Building Conservation Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We have received seven applications for grants so far this year including repairs to a roof, a timber framed barn, a timber fascia on a Grade 1 listed house and to a cob cottage.
‘The grant is designed to help support people who own a listed building or building at risk who need help towards the cost of restoration.’
The grant does not cover re-decoration, wiring, plumbing, heating or re-thatching.
For more information about the Historic Buildings Grant or to see if you can apply visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/
Notes to Editors:
Types of buildings and structures eligible for the Historic Buildings Grant:
Listed buildings identified as at risk
Prominent unlisted historic buildings
Traditional New Forest buildings
Historic buildings or structures of special or architectural interest but with no long term future use
Prominent historic walls and structures with no economic use
Repair of community buildings and structures which are of historic use
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
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The New Forest National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire; it is famous for its stunning landscapes,wildlife,coastline & picturesque villages. It is the eighth national park in England and the first in the south-east to be created for nearly 50yrs.