Business owners invited to apply for grants to restore historic shop fronts

Shop owners in the Wakefield district are being given the chance to restore their centuries old shop fronts to their former glory.

Wakefield Council is offering grants of up to £10,000 to landlords and businesses in Ossett and Horbury Conservation Areas, to permanently enhance the traditional features of the shops and to help businesses to thrive by attracting people to these areas.

These grants will fund external works to shop fronts in eligible town centre streets – repairing or improving features, windows, upper floors and even painting walls in historic colours.

Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “I am thrilled to announce this scheme as it will create a lasting legacy of investment into the area by preserving traditional buildings where people feel welcome and are excited to come, to look and shop.

“Having the new and improved shop fronts also makes the town centres more appealing and encourages visitors to come into the district.

“Ossett and Horbury are investment priorities for the Council to champion to become destinations. This fantastic scheme will contribute towards helping local economies grow and creating more employment opportunities.”

Businesses can also apply for grants to pay for smaller changes to their shops such as replacing modern signs with traditional signage that is in keeping with the historic character of the area.

The Council’s Town Centre Regeneration Capital Programme (TCRCP) is providing the funding for these grants. 

The TCRCP was approved by Cabinet, in March 2020, for a new programme of investment to benefit towns outside Wakefield city centre.

Applications for grants open on 30 September for Horbury and 7 October for Ossett.

For more information or to request an application form email: majorprojects@wakefield.gov.uk  or call 01924 305562.Ends