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Annual action plan showcase city’s heritage work

Published on Thursday, October 27, 2016

A 17th century thatched cottage in Humberstone has been made safe for the next thirty years as part of a citywide heritage action plan.

The grade II-listed, timber framed home in Tennis Court Drive was one of thirteen properties in Leicester to benefit from the city council’s heritage grants scheme.

The owners were awarded a £5,000 grant towards the £20,000 cost of replacing the building’s water reed thatched roof, which was nearing the end of its natural lifespan and putting the historic, picture-postcard cottage at risk.

It is just one example of work highlighted in a new report updating on Leicester City Council’s work to protect and promote the city’s historic built environment.

The ‘Leicester Heritage Action Plan 2016-2021’ gives a snapshot of the long-term rolling programme of work to promote the preservation, creative use and interpretation of the city’s architectural heritage.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor and the council’s heritage champion, said: “In recent years, we’ve seen Leicester’s reputation as a leading centre for heritage-led regeneration grow, and this action plan plays an important part in that.

“It sets out the way forward for the historic environment over the next five years, and reflects on the projects – large and small – that have helped protect the city’s architectural heritage over the last 12 months.

“Our partnerships with other stakeholders is attracting major investment into the city and helping to ensure that real progress is being made to preserve and regenerate important historic buildings.

“But the plan also demonstrates the support in place to ensure the many smaller, historic buildings across the city are preserved and continue to make a valuable contribution to Leicester’s rich architectural heritage.”

Over the next 12 months the city council will formally launch a revised register of the city’s local heritage assets and produce a guide to all the nationally listed buildings in Leicester.

Work on a revised management plan for the Church Gate Conservation Area is due to be completed, and a new appraisal carried out for the New Walk area.

The Heritage Lottery-backed Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative will continue to support the restoration and new use of buildings in the city’s historic Old town area, and the Historic Building Grants scheme will continue to offer support to owners of listed and historic buildings across the city.

The Leicester Heritage Action Plan 2016-2021 can be viewed online at www.leicester.gov.uk/planning-and-building