Derby Townscape Heritage Initiative

What is the Townscape Heritage Initiative?

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Derby City Council. It aims to support the conservation and sympathetic restoration of historic buildings, by offering:Heritage Lottery Fund logo

  • an opportunity for historic building owners/occupiers to apply for generous grants to repair their properties, allowing historic building details, like shop fronts and windows to be reinstated
  • improvements to some public areas
  • an opportunity for students, building owners and contractors to learn traditional building conservation skills
  • a chance to learn about the history of the area, through local exhibitions, guided tours and lectures
  • special ‘theatre’ events for children and young people.

What areas of the city will be included in the Townscape Heritage Initiative?

The Townscape Heritage Initiative targets the conservation of key historic buildings within the Green Lane and St Peter's conservation area and the extended City Centre conservation area located within the St. Peter's Quarter and Cathedral Quarter. To see which areas are included, take look at the map of the conservation zone.St Peter Quarter logo

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is taking place within the St Peter's Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), and in conjunction with the St Peter’s BID Board, who give advice to businesses.

What can the grant be used for?

Grants are available to:

  • Repair the fabric of buildings (up to 60%)
    • Grants are available for repairs to the historic building fabric using traditional building methods and materials to ensure the conservation of the building.
  • Restore authentic architectural details (up to 75%)
    • Grants can be used for the reinstatement of historical architectural features using traditional materials and methods. This could include replacement of an inappropriate shop front with a traditional shop front based on historic evidence. You can get details at Derby Local Studies and Family History library or by visiting
  • Bring vacant floor space back into use
    • Grants can be used to improve floors within the building which may not currently be in use. This could include development into office space, additional retail space or for residential use. The grant can include re-wiring, plumbing, flooring but not for fitting out the space.

Who can apply for a grant?

In order to be considered for a grant you must meet the following criteria and be an eligible historic building;

  • the property must be within the designated project area
  • you must own or lease the property. If you lease the property, it must have at least 10 years still to run
  • if you don’t own or lease the property, the application must be made jointly with the owner or leaseholder. A lease with a break clause in it will not be acceptable
  • you must not have previously received a grant or loan from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If you are unsure, please contact the Townscape Heritage Initiative team. 

How do I apply for a grant? 

Stage 1 - Initial Contact

Dr Valeria Passetti, our THI Project Officer and Conservation Architect and her team at Conception Architects have been appointed to deliver this project on behalf of the Council. 

They will work with you to:

  • advise you on whether your project is eligible for grant assistance
  • assess the works that are needed
  • to consider which of your planned works are eligible under this scheme
  • give an initial estimate of the costs
  • advise you on the likelihood of you receiving grant aid
  • advise if any Local Authority Consents or notifications will be required to undertake the work.

If you have any questions about making an application, please email or telephone 0115 9515051.

Stage 2 - Full Application

The THI Officer will help put together the application and guide you through the process until completion of the works.

Stage 3 - Assessment and Offer procedure

Stage 4 - Starting works

Stage 5 - Claims procedure

To find out more take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page. More details about each of the application stages can be found in the Derby Townscape Heritage Initiative - Guidance Notes document.


Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
Townscape Heritage Initiative
Planning Division
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641636

Derby City Council
Townscape Heritage Initative
The Council House
Corporation Street