The Trust has a legal obligation to uphold high standards of property design, construction and maintenance, and has to strike a balance between accepting change and conserving character.
The Trust’s long term strategy is to undertake:
Regulation of change on the Suburb through vigorous exercise of the Trust’s obligations and rights under the Scheme of Management (for enfranchised freehold properties) and through the terms of the leases (for property where the Trust retains the freehold reversion)
Direct, planned management of the Trust’s residual estate, including communal open spaces, private roads and allotments
An effective architectural advisory service for residents, owners and their professional agents and contractors.
An education and awareness programme through walks, talks, publications, broadcast and new media
A modest programme of charitable donations to Suburb good causes
Management and enhancement of the Trust’s reserves to permanently eliminate revenue deficit.
The object and principal activity of the Trust is to ‘maintain and preserve the present character and amenities’ – particularly the landscape and architecture – of the Suburb.
In 1974 the High Court approved the Scheme of Management for the freehold properties on the Suburb – which the Trust now operates. Since 1974 the great majority of the houses and many of the flats on the Suburb have become freehold and entered the Scheme of Management; the numbers increase year by year.
The Trust is the freeholder of most of the remaining Suburb property still let on long leases, including many of the blocks of flats. It is the direct freehold owner of 11 allotment sites, 27 un-adopted roads and some 50 other communal open spaces.
Thus the Trust can maintain a unified control over nearly all Suburb properties and the trees, hedges and many of the communal areas around them. (Control of the public highways and the larger open spaces rests with the London Borough of Barnet and Transport for London.)
The objective of the Trust is not to stop residents from altering their houses, but to ensure that changes are in keeping with the spirit of the original design.
By working closely with the Trust, the whole community benefits, so that in another 100 years there will still be a Suburb of which future generations can be proud.