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£30m for regeneration from HLF and English Heritage . . .

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Next year's round of Conservation Area Partnerships will be a joint effort, with £24 million coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £6 million from English Heritage.

It will be spread over three years and go towards 136 regeneration schemes in cities, towns and parks. One of the areas, a 5km strip of road in Tower Hamlets, will be smartened up with 10 conservation projects such as repairing buildings and architectural features.

This and Spitalfields conservation area received more than £600,000.

Under Conservation Area Partnerships, started in 1993, councils are expected to fund 50 per cent of projects and attract private money.

Lord Rothschild, who stood down as HLF chairman this week, also launched a Townscapes Heritage Initiative. This is aimed at protecting the character of areas with continued or reinstated use of historic buildings. He said that the fund was especially keen for bids from Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

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