SCOTTISH NEWS: Heritage cash promised for historic Banff

Ambitious plans to regenerate the historic centre of Banff in Aberdeenshire have won backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Aberdeenshire Council is to receive an initial £25,000 and approval has been granted in principle for a £625,000 grant towards the £1 million Banff renaissance scheme. It aims to restore properties in the central conservation area, infill gap sites and improve pedestrian access. Banff was made a royal burgh in 1372 and features distinctive town houses built by local landowners.

Colin McLean, the lottery fund's Scottish manager, said: "Banff is considered one of the best examples of a Scottish royal medieval burgh and we are sure that the revitalisation of key historic buildings will bring investment and tourism."

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