Project Aims of Portaferry Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a grant-aid programme for restoration and regeneration of the historic environment in towns and cities in Britain and Northern Ireland and is administered by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The main aim of the THI is to promote the sustainable and viable use of the buildings that make up the special architectural character of historic urban areas. THI gives the highest priority to the restoration of historic buildings and to bringing derelict and underused historic buildings back into use, particularly buildings within a designated conservation area.

The Portaferry Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme of restoration, repair and economic regeneration relates to specific buildings within the Portaferry Conservation Area. The THI eligible properties are located within the following streets; The Square, High Street, Church Street, Ferry Street, The Strand and Shore Road.

Twenty eight properties and gap sites have been identified as being potentially eligible for funding through participation in the THI scheme. The THI scheme has a five-year life cycle during which works are to be phased, with all work completed by the end of year five.

Portaferry Regeneration Ltd will administer and manage the Townscape Heritage Initiative "Common Fund" which comprises £1,230,000 of funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from other sources including such as; the DoE Conservation Area Grant scheme; the Rural Development Programme; the NI Housing Executive scheme entitled Town Centre Living Initiative (formerly LOTS); and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Historic Building Grant, if applicable.

The group will be assisted by and receive formal advice from Heritage Lottery Fund, DoE Planning Service, NIEA Built Heritage, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Ards Borough Council and appointed Conservation Consultants.