Rediscovering the Underbanks

2. How will the money be spent?

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money will be used in part as grant funding. This will be to restore and improve buildings in the Underbanks. Appropriate heritage construction techniques will be used to meet the criteria for grants.

The works that may be eligible for grant aid are:

  • replacing unsympathetic shopfronts with new shopfronts based on historic research
  • building repairs
  • restoration of lost architectural details (e.g. timber sash windows, stonework and brick repair, repairing slate roofs and chimney stacks, repairing traditional gutters and cast iron rainwater pipes), and;
  • in some cases carrying out structural repairs

Grant rates are yet to be developed and will require a small private contribution. There will be an application process for all buildings that are eligible.

We have identified a number of priority, medium and reserve projects with properties most at risk from deterioration targeted as priority projects. The priority projects may change over the life time of the scheme.

Key to the success of this will be the involvement of people in the heritage of the area. This includes the development of community activities and events that increase the knowledge and appreciation of the Underbanks.

This scheme will tie into a number of other regeneration projects taking place across the borough to encourage investment and opportunity in Stockport.

If you own property and/or businesses in the Underbanks, we would be interested to know of any current or future plans you may have for your property.

We would be happy to discuss your plans and identify those works that may be eligible for grant. We could also help if you have questions regarding an historic building.

We would also be interested in your views on increasing footfall, street works and generally improving the street.