Kilmarnock and Cumnock Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)
CARS is a five year grant programme that makes grant aid available to owners of commercial and residential properties located in the John Finnie Street and Bank Street Outstanding Conservation Area and the Cumnock Conservation Area. The programme aims to promote, preserve and enhance the traditional character and appearance of properties in the area.
Kilmarnock Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)
The Kilmarnock Townscape Heritage Initiative is a heritage led regeneration project. Its main aim is to help secure the regeneration of Kilmarnock Town Centre and ensure that it has a viable economic future by investing in the built heritage.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £1,990,000 to East Ayrshire Council towards the implementation of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) for the John Finnie Street and Bank Street, Kilmarnock Outstanding Conservation Area. The Kilmarnock THI is jointly funded by East Ayrshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Public Sector Housing Grant, Scottish Enterprise and East Ayrshire’s Community Planning Partnership’s Fairer Scotland Fund. The area comprises the surviving historic core of Kilmarnock and the majority of the town centre; from John Finnie Street and Grange Place to Kilmarnock Water, and from St Marnock Street in the south up to the Old High Kirk in the north.
The THI focuses on one gap site and three priority buildings. These are the gap site at the former Opera House at 6-18 John Finnie Street, where the façade is the only remaining element of this once very impressive neo-classical red sandstone building constructed in 1874. The three priority buildings are those that form 1-3 Dunlop Street and 12 Strand Street; 100-106 John Finnie Street; and 108-114 John Finnie Street.
Kilmarnock THI can offer grants to owners of commercial or residential premises within the Conservation Area boundary to enable appropriate materials to be used and to fund quality workmanship. The scheme will offer grants covering comprehensive building repair schemes and smaller scale works such as window replacement or masonry repairs.
There are three types of grant assistance available under the KTHI. These are as follows:
- priority buildings and gap sites (exceeding £25,000)
- large building repair grants (exceeding £25,000)
- small building repair grants (less than £25,000)
The large building repair grants programme is for all non-priority buildings in the Outstanding Conservation Area where the grant exceeds £25,000.
The funds available under the scheme are limited and there can be no guarantee of a grant in any particular case. Each application will be considered on its merits by the Kilmarnock THI Partnership Executive Committee.