We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve successfully purchased 15 Silver Street and have received major funding to allow the building work to get underway. The transformation into Peacock and Verity can now begin!
The purchase of the building is a joint venture between Peacock and Verity and housing association Karbon Homes, backed by a significant boost in funding of £72,000 from Harrogate Borough Council’s Community Led Housing Team who have also awarded us an additional £150,000 towards refurbishment costs.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund have awarded £71,850 to the project which will also go towards the major restoration and conversion. The first job for developers is to repair the roof, remove the old shop awning and restore the original Georgian shop front.
The Mayor of Harrogate Borough Council Councillor Victoria Oldham and Councillor Mike Chambers, Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Communities, met with our Trustees last week on the day that we got the keys to the building.
Alan Hodges, our Chair of Trustees, says:
The successful purchase of 15 Silver Street is a major step forward for Peacock and Verity. We’re extremely grateful for the generous funding from Harrogate Borough Council and the support from Karbon Homes which has allowed it all to happen. We’ve secured the building for the benefit of local people and visitors to Masham for years to come, and we can fulfill an urgent need for affordable rental properties to enable our young people to live and work in the area.
Peacock and Verity will provide local jobs and unique learning opportunities for residents and visitors. The ground floor will be restored into a Victorian grocers from the 1850s, when the building was in its heyday, as well as an Edwardian-style tearoom inspired by the cafe which was part of the building in the 1900s. It will also bring a Post Office main counter back to Masham and create a new heritage centre celebrating the story of the town and surrounding area.
Four one-bed rental flats will also be created as part of the redevelopment. They will be managed by Karbon Homes and kept exclusively available for residents with a connection to Masham, providing much-needed affordable homes for local people. The development of the flats is being supported by funding from Homes England, through Karbon’s strategic partnership with the government’s housing delivery agency.