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, removal of hedges 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.