First listed buildings consents streamlining agreement signed

The first partnership agreement to ease the planning consents process for listed buildings has been agreed for a heritage site and First World War memorial in Essex, according to built environment conservation adviser English Heritage.

Heritage: new measure aimed at easing consents process
Heritage: new measure aimed at easing consents process

New measures came into force earlier this year to allow councils and owners of listed buildings to enter into a Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement (LBHPA).

The changes are part of the government's intention to simplify the listed buildings consent process.

LBHPAs remove the need for the owner to submit repetitive applications for listed building consent for works covered by the agreement.

According to English Heritage, the first LBHPA has now been signed by between it, Maldon District Council and the Trustees of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Purleigh, Near Maldon, Essex.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is the largest and most complete surviving Royal Flying Corps First World War aerodrome in Britain, and contains 24 Grade II listed buildings.

Jackie Longman, senior conservation officer at Maldon District Council, said a LBHPA "provides clarity for owners of complex sites and a sound framework for those managing change in the historic environment to work within".

Jeremy Lucas, chairman of the trustees added: "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".


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