Residents living in Moray’s 18 conservation areas are being offered financial support to repair or install traditional windows.
Moray Council’s Windows Repair and Replacement Grant Scheme, funded by the Scottish Government’s Place Based Investment Programme, offers a grant of up to a maximum of £15,000 to help homeowners repair or reinstate traditional windows into their property.
In many conservation areas installing modern, non-traditional windows can, over time, erode the character and appearance that the designation is in place to protect.
Recent improvements in technology allow traditional windows to be repaired and upgraded through draught proofing or secondary glazing, and can be more cost-effective than uPVC in the long-term.
Information on which types and styles of window that will be acceptable can be found in the council’s replacement windows and doors guidance
An interactive, searchable map detailing conservation areas is also available online.
Having planning permissions and/or listed building consent is a requirement for eligibility for the fund.
Those who don’t have planning permission and are unsure if it is necessary have until 2 December to submit information to the Moray Council to find out if it is required.
Applications to the scheme must be submitted by 10 February to firstname.lastname@example.org
All details regarding how to apply for the Windows Repair and Replacement Grant Scheme, and eligibility criteria, are set out on Moray Council’s website
If several applications are received then each will each be assessed and scored so the funds can be allocated to best preserve and reflect the character of the conservation area.
Chair of Moray Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Committee, Cllr David Gordon, said:
“I’d encourage those living in Moray’s conservation areas to consider applying for financial support under this scheme.
“Not only will replacement or repaired windows help to reduce the carbon emissions of a home, they can save households money on their energy bill.
“Preserving the heritage of our conservation areas helps to keep Moray’s architecture and historic buildings special.”