Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum by English Heritage (ERF 12(a))

  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 the country.

  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.

Jeffrey West

Director, Conservation Manager

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