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Heritage help with older homes

[T]HE WHITEHAVEN Townscape Heritage Initiative has issued a helpful set of free guidelines for people with older properties.

The booklet, packed with practical tips and planning guidance, is aimed at those in conservation areas, or who own a listed or older building.

The booklet is called Love it or Lose it and is available at www.copeland.gov.uk/thi/townscape-heritage-initiative. It is also being sent out to all listed building owners in Copeland, and can be requested by calling 01946 598300.

The 24-page document shows property owners how to take care of older structures and gives guidance on what changes are acceptable in a conservation area.

Copeland’s portfolio holder for economic growth, Coun Lena Hogg, said: “This guide should prove invaluable for anyone in an older property. It’s very practical and it could save costly mistakes – it explains what you can and can’t do to your home if it is listed or in a conservation area. For example, sometimes people have to make expensive changes because they have modified their homes without checking with planners first.”

Copeland Council’s Heritage Champion and member of the THI stakeholder partnership, Coun Michael McVeigh, said: “The guide tells you how to check your building for potential problems, and explains the benefits of using heritage construction techniques and materials. Studies have shown that every £1 saved by not carrying out preventative maintenance could cost £20 in repairs within five years.”

The guide was put together by conservation architect James Innerdale, Copeland Council’s conservation officer Richard Majewicz and THI officer Jane Taylor.

The THI is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Britain’s Energy Coast, Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council.

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