Historic Environment Scotland launches Corporate Plan, £10M funding boost for conservation area regeneration

Scotland’s towns, city centres and places of historic interest are set to benefit from a £10 million funding boost from Historic Environment Scotland.

The new lead heritage body which cares for, protects and promotes the historic environment made the announcement at the launch of the organisation’s first corporate plan in Paisley, which sets out its strategy for the historic environment.

The funding, which is distributed through Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), will see communities throughout Scotland benefit from over £10 million of investment which encourages local authorities to invest in their historic environment, repairing and restoring the built environment whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration. 

Dr David Mitchell, Acting Chief Executive for Historic Environment Scotland, said:

“Our investments the length and breadth of Scotland both support and inspire people and communities to utilise their heritage for the future. What we aim to do is to facilitate decision making at a local level with funding allocated to priority projects which have a key focus on the wider contribution that the historic environment brings to communities– with benefits ranging from helping to breathe life back into high streets, providing employment opportunities or acting as a tourism driver.”

Further information on the CARS programme can be found here.

The HES new Corporate Plan is available here.