First Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement Signed

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is the largest and most complete surviving Royal Flying Corps First World War aerodrome in Britain containing some 24 nationally important buildings listed at the second highest grade - Grade II*. Around half of the buildings are in need of urgent repairs.

The first Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement (LBHPA) in England has been signed between Historic England, Maldon District Council and the Trustees of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Purleigh, Near Maldon, Essex.

Jeremy Lucas, Chairman of the Trustees said; "As Trustees of this important heritage site we are thrilled by the support we are receiving from English Heritage, Maldon District Council and other public bodies. This helpful Agreement will enable us to maximise the potential of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, reducing the need for repetitive applications for Listed Building Consent, allowing effective conservation and maintenance of this uniquely important heritage site and memorial to the First World War. This is especially welcomed and timely during the "four year centenary" commemorations."

Greg Luton, Planning and Conservation Director for English Heritage in the East of England said: "This Agreement is a big step forward and clears the way for a schedule of works to be drawn up by the Trust, so Trustees, volunteers and conservation architects can work together to start to unlock the potential of this special former First World War Aerodrome."

Cllr Penny Channer, Chairman of Maldon District Council's Planning & Licensing Committee said: "The Council has been at the forefront of ensuring that Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome continues for future generations and this significant partnership agreement will continue to achieve this aim."

Jackie Longman Senior Conservation Officer Maldon District Council added: "At the heart of a LBHPA is the well-being and continuity of the nation's heritage for the public to appreciate and enjoy.  A LBHPA provides clarity for owners of complex sites and a sound framework for those managing change in the historic environment to work within."

Russell Savory, on behalf of the Stow Maries Trust said: "The LBHPA removes the 'them and us situation', and gives the comfort of a team working towards the same goal.  Working on a complex project like Stow Maries Aerodrome, this agreement comes with a considerable cost saving."