Consent is needed from us before you carry out any works to your home if you live in the Welwyn Garden City Estate Management Scheme Area.
Welwyn Garden City Estate Management Scheme
The Estate Management Scheme exists to protect the environment and heritage of Welwyn Garden City.
Welwyn Garden City is one of only two garden cities in the country. Due to the quality of the environment, the High Court in 1973 imposed an Estate Management Scheme covering most of the town.
Consent is required for certain alterations. This consent is separate from planning permission and building regulation approval, which may also be required.
Future of the Estate Management Scheme
The Council consulted on the future of the Estate Management Scheme from 24 October to Friday 16 December. A significant number of responses have been received and are being considered. A report will be presented to The Cabinet in due course with a suggested way forwards.
View the map of the Estate Management Scheme [1MB] area. If you are situated in the pink area you are covered by the Estate Management Scheme. Alternatively, search our Interactive Map or check with your solicitor.
The Scheme was introduced under The Leasehold Reform Act 1967 - original Estate Management Scheme booklet [263KB].
Hardstandings and Vehicle Crossovers within Estate Management Scheme Area
Should you wish to provide a hardstanding to enable parking at your property, if you are within the Scheme area you will require consent. Detail of the policy that applies is shown under Estate Management Scheme policies above. A crossover across the highway is also likely to be required, permission for this does not fall under the Estate Management Scheme but is required from Hertfordshire County Council as Highway Authority. Please see this document Estate Management - Hardstandings and Vehicle Crossovers [80KB] for information regarding this and who to contact.
Making an Estate Management Scheme Application
The council has policies against which applications for Estate Management consent are considered.
The owner has the right to appeal to the Welwyn Garden City Estate Management Scheme Panel if an Estate Management application is refused.
The Council has policies against which applications for estate management consent are considered.