Regeneration schemes for town centres

Town Centre Regeneration Schemes have been carried out in several towns in Aberdeenshire, focusing on the regeneration of towns along the north coast. These have been delivered with the assistance of funding from either or both of Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and the Heritage Lottery.

Through the delivery of these schemes it is the intention to assist in the enhancement of a town centre’s appearance and perception by carrying out improvements to the historic fabric. This is carried out by restoring empty buildings, finding them new uses and safeguarding their futures, as well as reinstating lost historic fabric, carrying out traditional shopfront repairs. To assist in the wider regeneration of the town centre.

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Banff Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme

The Banff Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme began in 2014 with a budget of £615,000, and was completed in 2019. This funding from Historic Environment Scotland and the council assisted in the delivery of 4 priority projects and a number of smaller projects throughout the Banff town centre.

To celebrate the end of the scheme, a number of short videos were produced of the property owners and others who have seen the benefit of the Scheme in Banff.

Peterhead Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme

The Peterhead Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme began in 2007 with a budget of £650,000. It saw the delivery of two major projects; the award of sixteen small project grants; completion of two public realm projects and educational and training elements over a 5 year period.

One of the major projects, the Caley Fisheries Building has since been nominated and shortlisted for several awards for its design and reuse of the building.

Portsoy Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme

Portsoy Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme started in 2011 and finished in 2016, with £500,000 in grant funding from Historic Scotland. This assisted the conservation and restoration of property in Portsoy's Conservation Area to help preserve the character and quality of its heritage.

Five major projects were delivered, 16, 18 and 20 North High Street, PORT Boatshed, Back Green (The Sail Loft), the former Grain Store at Shorehead and Portsoy Scout Hut. A grant scheme was also made available to help support smaller projects.

As part of the scheme a video was produced to help people get a better understanding as to what the scheme is about.

Banff Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Banff Townscape and Heritage Initiative was completed in December 2012, leaving a legacy of restored and refurbished properties. Focusing on the repair and preservation of the historic core of Banff, restoring and conserving the built heritage of the town where several years of desertion had taken effect.

Funding was received from The Heritage Lottery Fund, Aberdeenshire Council, Communities Scotland, Banff and Macduff ESSG, Banff Preservation Society, Scottish Enterprise Grampian, ATP Banff and Macduff and Historic Scotland.

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