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Northampton Borough Council is asking for nominations for possible inclusion in a Local Heritage List.
At present, there are more than 500 buildings in Northampton that are statutorily listed as being of national architectural or historic interest.
But there are many other buildings, structures or open spaces that make a significant contribution to the town's distinctive character and appearance which do not meet the strict criteria for national designation. These could now be recognised by being included on a local heritage list. More »
Historic England describes local heritage listing as a means for a community and local authority to jointly identify assets that are valued as distinctive elements of the local historic environment.
The Council has previously identified a number of buildings and monuments within the town centre and within the town's 21 conservation areas that it feels ought to receive additional recognition.
It is now proposing a comprehensive local list for the whole of Northampton. Inclusion on the local heritage list would be a material consideration when the Council considers planning applications.
Cllr James Hill, Cabinet member for Planning, said: "We're now asking the public for their nominations so that we can consider whether there are local landmarks that deserve more protection than they currently receive.
"Anyone can make a nomination and we're not just expecting buildings to be put forward. It's entirely possible that there are parks, monuments and other structures which are felt to have a special character."
The Council has drawn up a list of criteria for possible entries and enlisted the help of an independent selection panel to assess nominations received.
The draft list will be put-out to public consultation later this year and comments received will be considered by the Council's Cabinet when it decides whether to adopt it as Northampton's local heritage list.
A nomination pack has been produced which explains what can be considered for inclusion, the assessment criteria and a nomination form which should be completed for each suggestion. Copies are also available from the Council's One-stop Shop at The Guildhall.
Listed buildings and scheduled monuments would not be included as they are already protected by national designation.
Nominations for entries onto the draft List can now be made and the consultation runs until 31 March. » Less
Posted: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:56 by Caroline Holgate
Northampton Town FC Community Trust have released details of their February Half Term Soccer Schools and Pan-Disability Soccer Schools.
Visit their website to find out more and book online.
Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:40 by Caroline Holgate
Northampton not-for-profit organisations, community groups and charities can now apply for Northampton Borough Council's Partnership Fund grants aiming to support them do positive work in the community.
The fund offers grants between £3,000 and £15,000 to registered charities, unregistered voluntary or community groups, registered charitable companies charitable incorporated organisations and social enterprises. More »
The grant is designed to help small Northampton based voluntary and community organisations to deliver local projects or activities, such as community events, training and equipment.
To be eligible for the grant, the organisation must be able to demonstrate how the funded project will meet at least one of the Council's priorities:
- Keeping the town and people safe
- Empowering local people
- More homes, better homes
A stronger economy:
- Shaping place and driving growth
- Creating a thriving, vibrant town
- A clean, green and tidy town
Organisations wanting to find out more about the funding available and the application process can attend the Partnership Fund Grant Showcase event at the Guildhall on 16 January from 3pm. At the event, attendees will be able to talk to organisations, such as Northampton Men's Sheds, Spencer Contact, Northamptonshire Rape Crisis, The Lowdown, ReStore Northampton and HomeStart Northampton, Tools for Self-Reliance, who have recently benefitted from the Partnership Fund grants.
In addition, Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire will also provide an application form checking service. To access this service please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, Cllr Anna King, said: "The Partnership Fund grant can make a real difference in supporting local charitable and support organisations to continue the work they do to make a real difference in our community.
"We're seeing some very real progress here in Northampton and I'm confident of our continued success on the journey towards an increased impact made by local third sector organisations. "
"We encourage any groups interested in applying for the grants to come along to the event to find out more so that they can submit an application."
For more information and to apply for a grant, please visit https://bit.ly/2QCdu5v
Applications should be submitted by noon on Friday 21 February 2020. » Less
Posted: Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:21 by Caroline Holgate