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Kincardine Town Centre Improvement Grant

Kincardine Town Centre Improvement Grant

The Kincardine Town Centre Improvement Grant provides commercial property owners and tenants in the High Street area with the opportunity to claim up to 70% grant funding up to a maximum of £2,000 for external shopfront repairs and improvements.

 

What can be funded?

  • Shopfront signs
  • Timber windows, doors and decorative features
  • Masonry
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Painting
 
What is the Kincardine Town Centre Improvement Grant?
Delivered by Business Gateway Fife on behalf of Fife Council Economic Development, and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, the Kincardine Town Centre Improvement Grant provides funding for external improvements to business properties within Kincardine town centre.
 
The grants will be for external shopfront repairs, building condition improvements and signage.
 
Grants will be awarded at up to 70% level for eligible works (repair, reinstatement or improvements) up to a maximum of £2,000.
 
The priority is the repair of surviving historic surfaces, such as building elevations or features, pavements, and historic details, such as railings, in traditional ways. Historic surfaces and features should be retained were possible.
 
 
Is my project eligible?
All commercial premises within the town centre area, Kincardine are eligible.
 
What kind of work can be grant-funded?
Proposals for enhancements should be based on the Kincardine conservation area appraisal (2009) and policy or best practice guidance available via Fife Council and Historic Environment Scotland.
 
REPAIRS to traditional features and fabric such as:
  • timber fascia’s (shopfront sign), timber windows, timber doors & timber decorative features
  • masonry & masonry features
  • historic glass repair
  • flooring including stone and terrazzo
  • painting – if refreshing the same colour no planning consent required, but please check with Development.Central@fife.gov.uk.
 
REINSTATEMENT or putting back any lost elements as above:
  • timber fascias (shopfront sign), timber windows, timber doors & timber decorative features
  • masonry & masonry features
  • historic glass restoration
  • flooring including stone and terrazzo
  • new paint colour replacing a bright colour with one more appropriate to the conservation area- in general subdued and dark colours, grey, green, blue, brown are most suitable.
 
IMPROVEMENTS OR ALTERATIONS that are sympathetic and of appropriate quality:
  • New shop sign in traditional/quality materials – the font height should not be greater than 400mm or two-thirds of the height of the Fascia, whichever is the smaller and either timber, metal or painted by a sign writer
  • Additional signage, such as a projecting sign-see guidance about design and size
  • Painting-either the same (there may be no requirement for planning consent or listed building consent) or new colour
  • Lighting – see guidance – in general only one type of lighting per property
  • Fabric improvements – mending or replacing lead strips over fascia
  • Drainage improvements.
 
Will I need planning consent?
If you are changing the external appearance you will likely need planning consent, which carries a planning fee, but please check with Development.Central@fife.gov.uk and make sure that you include the wording “Kincardine Town Centre Improvement Grant” in any correspondence.
 
Is my building listed or in a conservation area?
Please check on this map (type your property address in the search bar).
 
Listed buildings will need listed building consent for alterations but not necessarily all repairs- please check with Development.Central@fife.gov.uk
 
Where can I find further information?
There is a Conservation Area Appraisal & Management plan which may be helpful in describing the importance of traditional shopfronts in Kincardine.
 
All work to shopfronts in the conservation area should follow the Fife Council "Guidance on Shopfronts" which can be downloaded here - This guidance still constitutes good practice in areas outside the conservation area. 
 
All work in the conservation area should follow the Fife Council "Guidance on materials and Maintenance" which can be downloaded here - This guidance still constitutes good practice in areas outside the conservation area.
 
There is specific guidance on painting buildings in the conservation area on Fife Council's  "Painting the Exterior of Listed Buildings and Non-Listed Buildings in Conservation Areas" document which can be downloaded here - This guidance still constitutes good practice in areas outside the conservation area.
 
What to do next

Contact Business Gateway Fife by emailing us at success@bgfife.co.uk or calling 01592 858333 for more information and guidance on the application process or download an application form here.

 

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