Bid for Heritage Action Zone submitted

Some of Plymouth’s unique buildings could be protected and preserved as part of an initiative designed to protect the city’s heritage as well as build new homes.

The Council has applied to Historic England for grant funding and protection under a new ‘Heritage Action Zone’, which could unlock thousands of pounds to protect and restore some of the city’s incredible landmarks.

They are:

• Devonport Library (Grade II Listed and in Devonport Conservation Area)

• Main Gatehouse at Raglan Barracks (Grade II Listed)

• Boringdon Arch (Grade II* Listed and Scheduled Ancient Monument)

• Lee Moor Tramway Bridge (Scheduled Ancient Monument)

• Civic Centre and surrounding landscape (Grade II Listed)

• How Street (Barbican Conservation Area and surrounded by Grade II Listed buildings)

• Millbay Docks, Inner Basin (Grade II Listed)

• Wyndham Hall, former Non-conformist Chapel (Grade II Listed and in North Stonehouse Conservation Area)

The Council has been invited by Historic England to submit the bid which, if successful, will cover two main areas, Devonport and St Peter and the Waterfront, over five years.

As well as enabling essential improvement and restoration works to listed and scheduled buildings and monuments, it could lead to fewer of the city’s buildings being on the Heritage at Risk register.

If successful, funding from the bid could help pay for detailed master-planning around sites or go towards part of a restoration project that could unlock the regeneration of a wider site, such as the Civic Centre

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Heritage Champion said: “We’ve been in touch with all the owners of these properties and they support this bid. There are some incredible historic buildings here in Plymouth but their age and conditions means maintenance can be a real challenge for their owners.

“A heritage action zone could act as a catalyst for housing developments as well as help the owners of these properties – and the city – maximise the potential these buildings have.”

There could also be smaller ‘quick win’ projects to initiate planned maintenance/repair programmes on individual buildings.The Council will hear if its bid has been successful or not next Spring.