Capital Funding

The capital grant funding is utilised to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the Blaenavon Conservation Area. This includes undertaking conservation sensitive repairs to eligible historic buildings and where possible to bring empty properties back into use whilst protecting and enhancing the fabric and character of historic buildings.

Eligible works include new slate roof tiles, cast iron rain water goods, conservation sensitive windows and shop fronts and lime rendering.

There is a predetermined list of properties identified for grant consideration based on position, condition and the building owner’s commitment to match fund their project during Torfaen CBC’s development of the programme.

The capital programme requires all grant aided project works to be completed prior to December 2021.

Bethlehem Chapel

Bethlehem Chapel is a Grade II Listed building which has seen the main congregation area closed for a decade.

The required statutory permissions, contractor tendering and application submission were provided which allowed the THP grant to be approved in December 2018 with the applicants match funding their renovation scheme from the Rural Development Programme (RDP) Wales.

The scheme began in January 2019 and completed in September 2019.

The THP allocated funding to support the external envelope works which included new roof, rainwater goods, like-for-like window frame and door replacements, and lime rendering and complementary consolidation repairs to stonework parapet and side extension walls and overhauling the entrance portico. Energy efficiency contributions from the THP included conservation sensitive double glazed window units and sheep’s wool insulation in the roof space allowing for a more energy efficient building. There were also internal renovations and energy efficiency measure funded by the RDP. The project is allowing the whole building to be brought back into long term sustainable use for the community in the heart of Broad Street.

Bethlehem Chapel, the last Welsh speaking Chapel in Blaenavon restored to its former glory

Hidden ceiling revealed in Bethlehem Chapel