The Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust submitted an application for £8.75m to the Heritage Lottery at the end of November 2010 to restore the substructure of the Pier and renovate the remaining building. In May 2011 the Heritage Lottery awarded £8.75m grant, to be released in stages contingent on a business plan, developing a heritage learning and activities programme, and raising £1m in matching funds. Meanwhile Hastings Borough Council was to proceed with the Compulsory Purchase Order. In August 2013, a Compulsory Purchase Order was enacted and the pier was returned to local ownership, which enabled the £14m renovation project to go forward. Work was completed in late 2016 and the Pier re-opened in May 2016.