May 19th 2016

Belper Clusters Heritage Group wins support from the Heritage Lottery Fund

A group of residents from Belper in Derbyshire have won a start-up grant of £9,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which brings them one step closer to their ultimate goal of repairing the historic Belper Clusters roads.

The resident group gained the support of their local community as well as the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Derbyshire County Council and the Ministry of Defence, who own the Drill Hall on Cluster Road. This support was invaluable in obtaining a successful outcome.

The start-up grant will enable the group of volunteers to establish a charity, undertake training, develop educational and outreach activities for the community and undertake essential preparatory work necessary to progress to a full application for funds to repair the roads in this unique conservation area.

The Belper Clusters form an area of housing that was built by the Strutt family for mill and home workers, and are so called because they feature unusual blocks of four houses (quarter houses). A railway cutting and listed bridges designed by George and Robert Stevenson cut through the streets, which retain many historic features and attract visitors to the town.

A spokesperson from the residents group, said: “We are delighted with the news and looking forward to involving the local community in some exciting activities in the near future.”