Estate Directory

We know there are many of us, but we don’t yet know figures up and down the country. Add your estate/development to our directory – it will help us all in our campaigns.  We will post the directory on our FaceBook group and on this site but will not publicise your name or email.  We ask for these details in case we need to contact you directly for more information.

Please let us know your Estate Name, UK area, number of homes, builder, management company and if it is finished yet. Please either comment here or on facebook or use this form

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11 thoughts on “Estate Directory”

  1. Good evening.
    I’m on the South Middleton estate in West Lothian. It was built by Persimmon, has 93 freehold properties and it was finished approximately 10 years ago. Sadly the common land areas are owned and maintained by Greenbelt.

  2. Hiyas Gang.
    There’s a few of us here from Sankey Drive in Shropshire. We’re small, just 26 houses, which means we’re organised. The estate was finished in 2012. Mainstay are the maintenance agents appointed by landlords Taylor Wimpey.

  3. Hi

    I am on a Taylor WImpey Estate in Northamptonshire. There are 120 homes and the management company is Central Management. The estate is looking to be completed at the end of the year, to which Taylor Wimpey have informed us that any issues after they leave on site (not snagging) will be addressed by the management company, but no one will answer to who pays the management company for this, but you can bet your bottom dollar it will be out of the fees we are paying.

    1. So you too have been charged before the estate is completed? We have an issue here on Newcastle Great Park about correctly identifying land which has been handed over for maintenance.

  4. The Registers of Scotland i.e. the Scottish version of the Land Registry will be removing the burdens from the deeds of all homes on the West Myerton estate based on the judgement in the Lands Tribunal.

    The Lands Tribunal found the burdens were invalid due to the open spaces NOT being clearly defined within the deeds. Our Estate are finally rid of Greenbelt. This will have favourable implications for all Scottish estates. If all the open spaces are not clearly defined within the four corners of the deeds including plans the burdens will NOT be valid.

    1. Mike,

      I noticed my deeds has a reference to the UK index of Basic Materials and Fuels as a cap on annual increases in management costs.
      This documents refers to the financial times.
      Do I have a case to challenge in line with the four corners rule?
      Any help much appreciated.

  5. See sections 174 and 175 of the verdict for the answer, but in a nutshell, the court ruled that the index isn’t a viable capping mechanism and falls outside of the ‘four corner’s rule’ – however, it also says that doesn’t necessarily invalidate the burden in itself – however a company would have to prove that its raises were ‘reasonable’…. and if homeowners don’t agree that the raises are ‘reasonable’, they have a right to withhold payment, thus forcing the company to prove its claim in a court of law… see Section 137 which says… Be that as it may, what the proprietors would be entitled to do is withhold payment of the sums claimed as not being reasonable remuneration, given the standard of the respondents’ performance. It would then be for a court to determine what, if anything, was reasonable remuneration.

  6. Our development of 310 dwellings (Taylor Wimpey) was completed last year and we have had a maintenance agent in place doing a reasonable job, albeit expensive. We have now been informed that an additional contractor (Greenbelt) have also been engaged and will be charging around £45,000 per year for work they have yet to start. They are sending out invoices for £147.00 to residents and these are incurring a £20 a month, late payment charge. I cannot fathom why a development in East Kent requires a maintenance contractor based in Scotland to carry out this work.

  7. Hi, my estate is only 55 houses in Ashbourne. We have been landed with this service charge without any prior consultation, no service level agreement and no terms and conditions. Some residents are now putting themselves forward as a Director of the management company, I think this in the hope that their neighbours will then pay up to save embarrassment. On the plan the area is clearly marked as “public open space”. It has a footpath which connects other estates and it has now become a cycling, jogging, dog walking circuit for anyone living in the area. Residents are objecting to paying for something that is used by any member of the public. We feel that this is already provided for in our Council Tax. Derbyshire Dales District Council take 106 money from the developer but I’ve been told this can’t be used for maintaining the public open space, yet they have millions which is unspent. Feel stronger since I found out about you guys. I am convinced this is open to challenge.

  8. I bought an ex MOD house on the Fort Halstead estate in Sevenoaks. I remember the TP1 saying that on average the service charge would be in the region of £500 although this figure could go up or down. However, just over a month following the completion of the purchase, I was presented with a bill for nearly £1,500. Many of the residents have disputed and withheld some of the service charges over the past few years but now the management company Acorn Estate Management are threatening legal action to recover the arrears.

  9. I am on a mixed Freehold and Leasehold development in St Helens Merseyside, it is built by Harron Homes and managed by FirstPort Property Management. Our service charges rise year on year with no justification. Residents are now challenging fees and withholding payment but FirstPort use bullying tactics and threaten solicitors, a number of residents have taken them to court and been charged excessive legal fees. We are not happy with the service and have no rights apparently as Freeholders. How can this be legally allowed? We need the law changed to cancel perpetual contracts that is basically a licence to rip off residents. Let’s fight back!

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