The Walcot Estate: restrictive covenants
If you own a property which once belonged to the Foundation it is highly likely that it is the subject of a restrictive covenant. This limits your freedom in choice of exterior paint colours, in the putting up of aerials, satellite dishes, external alarm fittings and some other matters. It will also mean that the consent of the Foundation must be obtained before any significant developments to the property or associated land. These will include replacement windows, roof lights, internal works and any extension as well as outbuildings.
The purpose of the covenants is to maintain the visual unity and amenity of this extraordinary part of London, for the benefit of all.
Current freeholders should ensure that they are aware of the provisions of the Restrictive Covenant. They cover any planned development and external repainting and are intended to protect the unique character of this area, for the benefit of all. If you are considering any such change, please refer to the covenant as it relates to your property and contact the for advice.
The covenant for your property is likely to contain the provisions shown in the box below (this is given here for general advice—it is vital you refer to the specific covenant applying to your property).
Applications for consent should be sent to our Property & Estate Manager who will refer the application to the Foundation's Surveyor. Applicants are required to pay the professional fees involved in this. The Foundation may make an administrative charge in addition, though routinely does not.
Approved colours for external decoration
Doors: Black. Window frames: Magnolia or close variant.
Intruder alarms—units on the front of your house
If you intend to install an alarm with the alarm unit on the front of your property (this also includes dummy units) you are required to seek the Foundation's consent. We usually handle these without reference to our Surveyors and so without charge to you. You must seek our written consent and comply with these conditions: the visible unit must be of a colour or colours that are sympathetic to the surrounding brick work. The installation should be of modest size and not visually intrusive. If your property is listed you must seek additional consents from the local authority. If in doubt you are advised to consult Lambeth Planning.
The restrictive covenants exist to protect and enhance the area and amenity value for all local residents
Common provision in Walcot Restrictive Covenants
There is often interest in our local history.
See here for material about specific addresses and streets, as well as recollections about the Walcot Estate during WW2
The Survey of London Vol XXIII has a chapter on The Walcot Estate.
External link: The Walcot Estate in Vol XXIII of The Survey of London