Grants are available for property owners (and long-lease tenants with the agreement of the landlord) to put into sound repair the structure and external envelope of buildings that make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of the conservation area. Grants are not available for routine maintenance but information and support will be given over the life of the project to help property owners understand the importance of keeping properties in a good state of repair.
The THI Area covers the section of Marine Road Central from ‘Greenwoods’ to ‘B&M Bargains’ and behind to Victoria Street, including the streets running between (see map). Grants are made available on a first-come-first-served basis, prioritising target properties on Marine Road Central and Victoria Street for at least the first year of the five year THI programme. The reason for this is that the total available funding is less than originally planned for. Instead of omitting streets from the project, priority has been given to key streets and properties to come forward for grants first. Grants of up to either 50% or 75% of eligible works are available to such targeted properties in the area.
Further information about the grant process is contained in 'Grant Guidance Notes', which should be read before applying for a grant. Further information about the type and standard of works that are eligible for grant assistance are contained in the ‘Guide to Eligible Works'. Additional guidance includes ‘Shop Front Advertisement Design Guidance, ‘Practical Conservation Guidance’ and ‘A Guide to Building Maintenance' – all available to download from our 'Design and Maintenance Guidance' page.
The grants are made solely at the discretion of Lancaster City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund and are not given automatically. Works must be appropriate to the character of the building and area and in line with relevant national conservation policies. Grant terms and conditions will be applied as considered appropriate.
Palladium Cinema Sign, Gable of 240-241 Marine Road Central - A grant of 75% was given towards the restoration of the 'Palladium Cinema' mural on the gable end of 240-241 Marine Road Central in the Spring 2014.
The 1919 sign was restored to its former glory by local artist Shane Johnstone and illustrator Katie Drummond and offers a bright and intriguing nod to Morecambe's past in prime view of Eric.
Eric's Café, 245 Marine Central - With the assistance of a 75% grant for all eligible items, works here have removed the flat roof and recreated the traditional slate pitch, re-instated the stone bay windows to the first and second floors, inserted traditional timber sliding sash windows throughout, created a traditional timber shop front and improved the forecourt area.
Vedats, 26-28 Victoria Street, Morecambe - Work is now completed on this project to creat a traditional shop front, replacement ground floor windows and supporting repair works.
Galloway's, 12 Victoria Street - Grant assistance was given to restore the Portland Stone façade, shopfront and other eligible items of this important survivor of the period of Art Deco development which swept through Morecambe during the 1930s.
Projects in progress
Shop Front, 240-241 Marine Road Central - Grant-aided works to install more sympathetic shop frontages have paused due to the discovery of glazed terracotta. Temporary timber work is now in place while a suitable solution can be found.
Although work is still to be completed both units are now occupied and already making a positive impact at street level on the promenade.
Kieron Bassett's, 30A-32 Victoria Street - Grant has been awarded for a project to replace two shop fronts and associated ground floor works
Interested in grant assistance?
Please complete our pre-application form and return it to us.
If you wish to discuss your property or have any questions before filling this in please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (01524) 582375.
If your property is eligible, an appointment will be made to have an informal discussion with you at the property to talk through the proposed scheme and give you advice about the type of works that are likely to be eligible for grant assistance.
Last updated: 26 February 2018