Guide to Permission for Building Works
The original planning permission for the development of the estate was granted, subject to conditions, on 18 April 1972. Condition No.6 states:
“ The provisions of the first schedule to the Town and Country General Permitted Development Order 1963 (GDO) shall not operate in respect of the dwelling houses hereby permitted.”
The effect of this condition is to remove certain permitted development rights. As a result, planning permission is required for any extension or alteration to the dwellings on the estate, and for the erection, extension or alteration of any outbuilding or enclosure within the curtilage of the property. The reason given by the local planning authority for the imposition of the condition is that it considers that:
“the erection of unrestrained extensions as allowed for in the GDO would have an adverse effect upon the overall concept, design and unity of the scheme”.
The Covenants which form part of the Title Deeds also prohibit any addition to a property without prior permission from the Management Company. This permission is granted rarely and is separate from any consents which may need to be obtained from the local planning authority.
You will also be aware that these Covenants oblige residents to maintain the exterior of their property to a good standard and not to alter the colour scheme or change the woodwork in any way.