Gardens , verges, footpaths and gullies

The gardens, verges and footpaths of Moor Park add greatly to its attractiveness. However, they also bring their own responsibilities.

Changes to the layout of frontages require planning approval in the same way as any other building work. A scale plan or drawing and the payment of the appropriate building levy should be sent to the Company with any proposal.

The open character of front verges of properties in Moor Park is part of the original design of the Estate, dating from the 1920s and re-emphasised in the local authority’s Conservation Area plan and appraisal of 2006. Low hedges or shrubs, low walls or open grass lawns are all acceptable transitions from a front garden to the verge. New gates, railings and high hedges are not permitted by the Company and are not acceptable within the Conservation Area regulations. Gates, hedges or railings installed prior to 2006 are allowed to remain but they must retain the original pre-2006 specifications and not be enlarged or extended.

Grass verges are considered to be of high landscape quality and they provide a pleasing visual aspect across Moor Park. The Company will reject applications for either new or extended crossovers transiting the verges. The Company also requires owners to restore the original verge or crossover if changes are made by residents or developers without first seeking permission.

In a few places, residents have developed a verge so that it resembles an extension to the front garden. This is acceptable. However, the verge area can only consist of grass, approved crossovers or trees that the Company has planted or has approved. The Company emphasises that any such verge treatment does not in any way change the Company’s ownership of the verge. The Company may at any time alter the verge at its sole discretion, for example by re-installing a footpath. In any case, nothing must be done to interfere with the pedestrian use of a verge. No flowerbeds, hedges, shrubs, lights or other obstructions should extend across the plot boundary on to the verges or the footpaths.

While in most cases the verges and footpaths between front boundaries and roads belong to the Company, by long established practice each property owner maintains the verge and the footpath alongside the frontage or side boundary. This practice has arisen because it is a more cost-0effective method than paying money to the Company to employ contractors for this purpose.

Gutters and gullies on the Estate, apart from Astons Road and upper Main Avenue, are the responsibility of the Company, Main underground drainage pipes are the responsibility of Thames Water. Affinity Water deals with the supply of fresh water to properties on the Estate.

The Company arranges for gullies to be professionally cleaned out on a regular basis. The Company’s staff and contractors endeavour to keep gutters and drain covers clear of debris.

Residents are asked to be vigilant in keeping gutters and drain covers fronting their properties clear of debris. There have been occasions when flash floods have caused flooding problems because gullies and drain grills have not been kept free of debris.

Updated September 2018