Supplementary memorandum by English Heritage
Following the evidence we gave on 5 March, you
asked whether we could identify the programmes, affected by the
state aid ruling, that are most important to us as sources of
match funding for conservation-led regeneration.
We do not maintain a single central record of
the make-up of the funding packages of which our grants form part,
and so we have had to assemble the information required by the
Committee by looking at a representative sample of cases across
Most of the match funding for our area conservation
grants (administered as de minimis non-notifiable state
aid) comes from local authorities' own capital programmes. In
a few cases, they have attracted additional support from the Single
Regeneration Budget or from European structural funds. English
Heritage and the HLF try to avoid running overlapping schemes,
and there are not many cases of our match funding each other.
For our larger grants, English Partnerships
and the Single Regeneration Budget have been the two most important
sources of match funding. European Structural Funds (which are,
of course, unaffected by the state aid ruling) have been used
in Assisted Areas, but their value has been limited since they
are not available to support residential or mixed-use schemes.
It may be helpful if I quote two typical examples
from different parts of the country. Grainger Town in Newcastle
is a major conservation-led regeneration project which last year
won one of BURA's urban regeneration awards. Since 1994-95 English
Heritage has contributed £1.75 million through its area grants
schemes. The other principal funding has come from the local authority,
English Partnerships and the Single Regeneration Budget. In 2000-01,
SRB contributed £2.2 million, and other public sources (including
English Heritage) £6.7 million, of which £6 million
was from English Partnerships. This level of funding was expected
to lever in £13.6 million from the private sector.
Ditherington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury, built
in 1796-97, was the first multi-storey iron-frame building in
the world. Listed Grade I, it has been on our Buildings at Risk
Register for several years. A scheme for its repair and rehabilitation
has been prepared at an estimated cost of £12.4 million.
Of this, the market is expected to bear £9 million and to
fund the remaining gap English Heritage has offered £0.5
million and the RDA £2.9 million. We understand that the
RDA's contribution, offered under the PIP programme, would no
longer be possible under the state aid rules.
I am sorry that we cannot easily provide the
Committee with detailed figures for the country as a whole.
Director, Conservation Manager