The Webb Estate And Its Future Management Options

The Webb Estate is a unique place to live and is the last surviving example of a ‘Garden First’ development in the UK.

The purpose of this note is to summarise the need to consider future options for the management & preservation of the Estate.

While there are no major or immediate estate management issues there is evident, incremental erosion of the principles laid out by Webb and, more recently, the Conservation Plan owned by the Local Authority.

Preserving and enhancing the Estate's wellbeing will not only improve residents' enjoyment of their own properties it is also likely to enhance capital values. Achieving the various objectives will entail adopting different measures --some easier than others. It will be important to move in measured steps with full discussion -at Board level and with residents to achieve consensus."

A comprehensive plan for future management options is proposed, considering the context, observations and options for achieving key management objectives.

Areas to be covered include;

  • Planning - including Conservation Area Status, Article 4 and landscaping in keeping with planting schemes. Substantially improve compliance to Planning Authority and Conservation Plan rules and standards.
  • Covenants – review & enhance to ensure enforceability in the light of recent planning approvals.
  • Current Estate management – ensure that the impression given to non-Resident visitors to the Estate is that this is an Estate with a uniform and high standard of care and maintenance.
  • Gates & Security – including maintain/restore the Private status of Estate roads, ANPR & CCTV. Stop/reduce the installation of house-specific gates and CCTV, the use of Private Estate roads for ‘rat-running, nuisance issues e.g. running groups adopting Estate roads as running tracks and dog-walkers from allowing their dogs to foul Estate pavements.
  • Estate Wide Broadband – see separate briefing note on this. A subcommittee is preparing a more comprehensive document for debate among all Estate Residents and the WEL Board’