Under the Title Deeds of your property, if you want to extend or alter your property, you must get permission not only from the Council, but also from the Windmill Estate Maintenance Company. Although it is usually a formality, problems have been arising recently with solicitors and residents writing to this Company asking for retrospective planning permission.
In the event of permission not being applied for beforehand, problems arise in the sale of properties, since the buyers' solicitors would require confirmation that planning permission was granted by WEMC. In practice it is easier if a photocopy of a proposed extension plan is sent to the Company, together with local authority approval. This also has the effect of reducing the solicitor's bill and safeguards against delays in the sale of your property. If when you moved on to the estate you did not sign the Covenant please contact your solicitor as it is a legal requirement and may be very costly to correct at a future date, so please check.
REMEMBER! SEND A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR PLANS TO THE COMMITTEE.
Q: What would happen if the company were disbanded?
A: A Liquidator would be sent in and the Company handed over to a professional firm, who would make charges of £400 or more a year per property for their services, so it is in your interest to support the committee, to come to the A.G.M. or become a member.
Q: Could the maintenance fee be reduced for pensioners?
A: The Company cannot differentiate; the fee is based on the freehold of each property.
Q: Is the Company successfully collecting the maintenance fee?
A: Yes, our solicitor takes action though the court against anyone not paying.
Q: Why are some fences repaired on the Estate and not others?
A: Only fences owned by the Company are repaired, these are the ones taken over from George White & Sons Ltd when they went into liquidation.
Q: Why does maintenance have to be paid for garage forecourts when some people do not own cars?
A: The maintenance fee is not for specific things but to keep the whole estate looking presentable.
By the way, have you ever wondered about the names of the roads on the Estate? George's Hill was named after George White, the others - well, the site of the Estate was once a farm and the story is that the roads were named after the farmer's cows!