NEWS: NEW PLANNING CONSULTATION POLICY
Changes to the consultation procedure for applications to the Trust to change the appearance of land or buildings
Following criticism of the Trust's consultation procedure, the Trust Council has reviewed its procedure for consultation to ensure that major planning decisions are the subject of wider consultation with residents of the Suburb
The deadline for responses to the Trust's consultation on its proposed planning application consultation policy was Friday 6 January 2012. Respondents were asked whether they broadly agreed or disagreed with the proposed policy and were invited to comment.
Freeholders are subject to a Scheme of Management passed by the High Court in 1974, while in the case of most leaseholders the Trust is the ground landlord. Residents are required to get the prior approval of the Trust before altering the external appearance of their properties. Consent is also required for significant changes to gardens, erection of garden sheds and felling or pruning of trees.
The Design Guide gives advice on most building works, alterations to existing properties and works to trees. It is a good starting point for any work you are planning. The specialist guides provide more detailed information on specific works.
A list of Planning decisions made by the Trust Council is available monthly after applicants have been informed of the decision on their application.
Within the London Borough of Barnet, the Suburb is the largest Conservation Area; and so local authority approval, too, is required for alterations. Around 500 buildings have been individually ‘listed’ and owners are required to get the approval of English Heritage for internal alterations.
Suburb residents, Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and Barnet Council worked together to undertake the Character Appraisal of the Suburb, with the support and guidance of English Heritage.
The Design Guidance has subsequently been prepared and both texts have been approved and adopted by the Trust and Barnet Council.