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Uxbridge Town Centre - Shop front grant scheme

Uxbridge town centre

Phase one - Windsor Street

Uxbridge will be the focus for substantial improvements over the next 18 months to revitalise the town centre. This includes particular support for the many independent businesses concentrated within the Windsor Street conservation area through our very popular and successful shop front grant scheme.

Launch event

Our launch event for the Shop Front Grants scheme took place on Tuesday 8 November 2016.  

At the event businesses were able to find out more about how to apply for a grant of up to £4,800 to improve their shop front through better signage, awnings, display etc. This included specific support to make sure that their shop meets all the planning requirements necessary for a conservation area and for listed buildings.

Designed by Good People have been appointed as the design consultants for the shop front grant proposals.

View the presentation from the event [4Mb]

How does the grant scheme work?

Hillingdon Council is delighted to be offering grants in Windsor Street, Uxbridge to improve your shop fronts. The appearance and quality of shop fronts are vital for attracting customers in and around a town centre, increasing sales and investment and contributing to the unique character and vibrancy of the local streets.  

Who can apply for the grant?

You may apply for the grant if you are an independent business within the Windsor Street conservation area.  

What improvements can you apply for? 

  • New signage
  • Awnings
  • Refurbishment of existing/original shop fronts
  • Lower cost minor repairs

How much is the grant worth?

The council can offer a maximum grant of up to £4,800 subject to £1,200 being paid by the individual. An example of how this would work in practice is shown below:  

If the cost of the improvement is...

Then the council pays...

And the business pays...

£1000

£800

£200

£3000

£2400

£600

£6000

£4800

£1200

How do we apply?

We have made the grant application process as straightforward as possible - just follow these seven steps:

  1. Complete the expression of interest form, or we can email the form directly to you to fill out there and then. We will then contact you to discuss the proposed works, including timescale and required design reports.

  2. Our architects will then make contact with you and other neighbouring shops and will develop concept designs for your shop front improvements. They will also assist in obtaining quotations from recommended contractors.

  3. A shop front grant application form will then need to be completed - we can help you with this.

  4. After the application is made, the council will review and if necessary carry out planning consent procedures - decisions are usually made within 10 weeks. Successful grant applications will receive a formal grant letter.

  5. Once grant offer is accepted in writing and returned, architects will appoint the chosen contractor(s) and project manage the improvement works.

  6. You will be asked to pay your 20% contribution towards the improvements before work commences.

  7. On satisfactory completion of the works the council will pay the contractor(s) directly.  

Interested in this scheme?

Register your interest

See examples of improvements in Harefield Village, a completed project also in a conservation area.

Wider town centre improvements

Architects will be developing concept ideas for the public realm improvements in Uxbridge Town Centre. We expect to be able to give a further update early in 2017.

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