Our Planning Rules And Regulations

Planning

Material changes to external features of a property or new additions to garden buildings including sheds, greenhouses and gates require permission from Darras Hall Estate Committee. The Committee meet monthly and currently reviewing around 30 applications per month.

A fee is payable when plans are submitted and applicants will receive a response from the Estate Office.  We aim to notify applicants within three working days of the meeting. Please note plans will not be reviewed if the annual rent has not been paid!

The Schedule of meetings is detailed on the calendar.

The Committee meet monthly to review all submitted plans and requests to ensure they conform to The Trust Deed and Byelaws laid down by the estate. Site visits may be organised for more complicated issues to ensure agreement can be reached.  Approved new builds are subject to an inspection at least 3 times during their construction

The introduction of a Highways & Environmental element has a brief to monitor and report deteriation in the fabric of the estate, such as roads or pollution.  The committee liaises with Northumberland County Council and relevant agencies to bring to their attention issues of concern to residents.

Darras Hall Estate Trust owns land within the boundaries of the estate, notably the grasslands nature reserve, the Bridlepath and is the leaseholder on the Broadway shopping centre and neighbouring garage.

Increasingly applicants or their architects are consulting with the Estates Office prior to submitting plans. These requests are welcomed to ensure conformance to guidelines and byelaws.

The following are a list of the main points to note when submitting plans. They are not a complete and definitive list, for that please refer to the by-laws or contact the office.

The overall ground floor area must not exceed 20% of the site area up to a maximum of 280 Square Metres.

  • No living accommodation to encroach within the side space i.e. 15% of the building line width or 3m, whichever is greater.
  • Boundary walls and fences (including gates and all embellishments, lights etc) must not exceed 1.5m on the road frontage boundary.
  • No building or structure of any kind (excepting verandas, porches, bay windows and chimneys) shall be erected within 17m of the rear boundary, with the exception of conservatories* which may be erected within the rear space, provided they comply with Byelaw 14.
  • Where an existing plot is to be divided or an existing house demolished  and a new dwelling to be built, ALL plots must be a minimum of a quarter acre and must fully comply with Byelaws.
  • Boundary lines must be respected, no construction is permitted on Public Highways land.

 

*Darras Hall Estate Definition: A conservatory is a structure of glass or other translucent material on the sides and roof; it may have solid walls above ground floor level of a height not more than 600mm 

Darras Hall Estate Committee

All Business relating to the estate is primarily carried out by the main Estate Committee.

This group meets monthly to review all submitted plans and requests to ensure they conform to The Trust Deed and Byelaws laid down by the estate. Site visits may be organised for more complicated issues to ensure agreement can be reached. Approved new builds are subject to an inspection at least 3 times during their construction

The introduction of a Highways & Environmental element has a brief to monitor and report deteriation in the fabric of the estate, such as roads or pollution. The committee liaises with Northumberland County Council and relevant agencies to bring to their attention issues of concern to residents.

 Land & Property 

Darras Hall Estate Trust owns land within the boundaries of the estate, notably the grasslands nature reserve, the Bridlepath and is the leaseholder on the Broadway shopping centre and neighbouring garage.

 

To view and print our Planning Application form please click here

 

For current planning application fees please click here

To pay your planning application online please click here

Whilst it is in everyone's interest to reduce the carbon footprint and the Committee support that aim in principle, we must insist that any external eco friendly energy saving technology complies with the concept of the Trust Deed.

Residents are reminded of the Fourth Schedule of the Trust Deed which states that "...no building or erection whether already existing or hereafter to be erected upon the said piece of ground, shall be altered in external appearance without the previous consent in writing of the Committee..."

This applies to changes to windows, doors or installation of solar panels.  Therefore, an application form needs to be completed together with a copy of your proposals for the Committee's consideration.

 

Please click here for a list of our meeting dates which show submission deadlines

You can now pay your planning application fees online and then post or drop a copy of your planning application forms etc. in to the Darras Hall Estate Committee office    Click Here

If you require a new build application pack please click here