Northern Ireland listed buildings aid rises to £150,000

Herdman's Mill Listed building Herdman's Mill in Sion Mills was damaged by fire last year. Picture courtesy of Kenneth Allen.

Related Stories

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has raised the cap on grant-aid for listed buildings from £50,000 to £150,000.

There are about 8,200 listed buildings across Northern Ireland.

Mr Attwood said the move would be a boost to NI's historic buildings which he described as "a jewel in the crown of our tourism industry".

"The record numbers who passed through their doors during European Heritage open days is testament to that," the minister added.

"Obviously there are many demands on the public purse in Northern Ireland.

"But I want to do everything in my power to ensure that we preserve these historic buildings for present and future generations."

In October of last year, Mr Attwood warned developers they might have to replace any protected building they knock down, brick for brick.

The proposed punishment was one of the actions listed at a heritage crime summit called by the minister - the second such summit in two months.

The first was called after 11 listed or historic buildings were damaged by fire. Often the fire turned out to be a case of arson.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Northern Ireland stories



  • Peaky Blinders publicity shotBrum do

    Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?

  • Oliver CromwellA brief history

    The 900-year-story behind the creation of a UK parliament

  • Beer and alcoholAbstinence wars

    The struggle to claim the month of October

  • Image of Ankor Wat using lidarJungle Atlantis

    How lasers have revealed an ancient city beneath the forest

  • Tesco signBest before?

    Has Tesco passed its sell-by date, asks Richard Anderson

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.