Wroxham & Coltishall

Coltishall airfield no longer “at risk”

Just Regional
Oct 20, 2015 2 mins read

The Second World War and Cold War former airfield, RAF Coltishall, has been rescued and removed from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register 2015 published today. The Register is Historic England’s annual survey of the health of the historic environment.

This time last year the airfield was described as being in “very bad” condition and “deteriorating” or “deteriorating significantly”.  But now the site has been restored to good enough condition to enable it to reach the requirements to be removed from the list.

When the County Council purchased the site from the Ministry of Justice for £4m in 2013, it had been decaying for more than six years as it was unused. Many of the buildings had leaking roofs, broken windows and were in urgent need of repairs.  Working with local communities, North Norfolk and Broadland Councils, the Spirit of Coltishall Association and Historic England, the County Council quickly started to reverse the site’s decline, and visitors and people working for businesses at the newly named Scottow Enterprise Park today see a huge improvement.

In addition to day-to-day grounds and building maintenance of the 600-acre site, recent heritage projects have included detailed surveys and conservation repairs on a nationally-important Second World War fighter pen and its shed and refurbishment of part of the iconic control tower so it can be opened up for visitors.

The good news was welcomed by county councillor for Hoveton and Stalham Nigel Dixon who said: “I am pleased that our work on the Conservation Area and heritage at former RAF Coltishall has been recognised by the two district councils and Historic England, and that Scottow Enterprise Park has now become an attractive place for businesses and the local community.”

WW2 pen and shed before 2

The WW2 pen and shed at RAF Coltishall before and after renovation

The WW2 pen and shed at RAF Coltishall before and after renovation

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