New Policy on Minor Deviations

Policy on Minor Deviations

P3 certificates are issued to confirm that building work has been completed in accordance with approval granted by the Estate Committee.

The Estate Committee does not give retrospective approval for building works undertaken without full application to and prior approval by the committee. This approval is given by the granting of a P2 certificate.

The committee deems building works to remain in progress until such time as application is first made for a P3 and that certificate is either granted or refused.

Where a deviation from the approved plans does occur, it is advisable to inform the Estate Committee as soon as possible to request assistance.

The committee may consider an application to deviate from approved plans as a new application and may consult neighbours potentially affected by such changes.

In the event of any deviation or other building work undertaken without prior approval, the Estate Committee may:

(1) Issue a P3 if it is of the view the deviations are such that they would certainly have been approved had they been included in the original application, or

(2) Refuse to grant a P3, or

(3) Refuse to grant a P3 and take legal action to secure compliance with the approved plans and the provisions of the Deed of Mutual Covenants.

By |February 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Chairman’s News August 2015

Last night I sat in my garden wondering what I should write for this entry. At 9.30pm I could still hear perhaps the most marvellous sound in the world – in a garden nearby children were tearing around in the darkening light laughing in the manic manner that only exhaustion and over excitement can breed. The weekend before I sat out to enjoy the music of a wedding band. That we all enjoy such a unique, tranquil and spacious environment is not the product of chance but of legacy – the legacy created by and enshrined in the Deed of Mutual Covenants devised by our predecessors on the 30th May1898. It would be simplistic and inaccurate to say that the legacy has been protected by the Estate Committee – for the committee is no more that a construct elected to give effect to the collective will of the covenantors. We can each take a pride in protecting that legacy.

Certainly the Estate Committee acts as the focal point of the estate. Doubtless that is why it has now been supported during three centuries. Doubtless that is why it will be supported for centuries to come. I have to say that since a completely newly constituted committee took over of 2009 I do not think the committee has ever been stronger. For my own part I have never felt more enthused or excited about where the committee is in its work. In simple terms the committee has now established clear policies and practices which give effect to the covenantors indisputable legal perogative to determine and protect the character of the estate; that all sounds simple enough, but take it from me, it took a lot […]

By |August 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Chairmans News – 10th March 2015

Welcome to the first entry under the News section of the website.

Since 1895 the Estate Committee have only been able to communicate matters of general interest to covenantors by letter or at meetings. Those days are gone.

At the AGM of 10th March 2015 the Estate Committee was re-elected on a very clear policy:

1. All applications to increase the density of housing on the estate by the sub-division of existing plots or otherwise will be considered on their merits and in particular whether approval would be detrimental to the character and amenity of the estate1.

2. The committee shall continue to regulate extensions to, or demolition and replacement of, existing properties on the estate by applying the Mandatory Criteria and the Discretionary Criteria.

1 That the majority covenantors have repeatedly and expressly stated that they are opposed to any appreciable increase in density of housing on the estate on the grounds that an increase in density of housing is likely to be detrimental to the character and amenity of the estate is a factor that will carry very considerable weight with the committee in determining such applications.

The election means that the property owners ( commonly referred to as “covenantors”) have determined that they wish to continue to control their own environment as opposed to ceding control to the Planning Department of Northumberland County Council.

This decision is hardly surprising. If the owners retain control of development they can maintain the estate as an area of low density housing and thereby maintain its unique character. There can be no misunderstanding here: density, that is the number of houses, is the factor that is determinative of the character of the estate. If the current density of housing on the estate […]

By |January 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|