Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answer to our most frequently asked questions. 

They are grouped in to 3 sections - questions relating to Residents own property, questions relating to Other Residents and questions relating to the Estate in general.

 

Contact the Company Secretary, Eleanor at secretary@strattonfields.co.uk for further information or to submit a request to the Committee.

Can I extend my house?

 

Maybe (possibly).  Whilst every effort is made to accommodate Resident's wishes regarding extensions to their property, there is a restrictive Covenant in place which may affect whether or not extending your home is possible.  For example, no permanent structure may be erected on the Green Zone(s) indicated in your Title Deeds.

 

Written approval from the Management Committee is required for any extensions to your home and must be obtained prior to commencing work.  Failure to do so may mean having to undo any changes made - at your own expense! 

 

The Committee is available for advice and will visit you to discuss your needs; we recommend doing this before submitting planning applications to avoid any potential additional costs and delays involved with resubmission in the event changes are needed.

 

See also "The restrictive Covenant", "Where can I find my Title Deeds?" and "What are Green Zones?" for more information.

Can I build or put up a garage, summerhouse or shed?

 

Maybe (probably).   Whilst every effort is made to accommodate Resident's wishes regarding additional structure(s) on their property, there is a restrictive Covenant in place which may affect whether or not erecting an item such as a garage, summerhouse or shed on your property is possible.  For example, no permanent structure may be erected on the Green Zone(s) indicated in your Title Deeds.

 

Written approval from the Management Committee is required for any additional structure(s) on your property and must be obtained prior to commencing work.  Failure to do so may mean having to undo any changes made - at your own expense!

 

The Committee is available for advice and will visit you (if necessary) to discuss your needs.  Often simple items (e.g. sheds) may not warrant a home visit. 

 

See also "The restrictive Covenant", "Where can I find my Title Deeds?" and "What are Green Zones?" for more information.

Can I put up a fence or change the type of existing fencing?

 

Maybe (possibly).   Whilst every effort is made to accommodate Resident's wishes regarding fencing and enclosing their property, there is a restrictive Covenant in place which may affect whether or not certain areas may be enclosed and whether or not types of fencing are permissible on your property.  For example, no fence exceeding 6' may be erected and no fencing or enclosing of the Green Zone(s) is permitted.

 

Written approval from the Management Committee is required for any additional structure(s) on your property and must be obtained prior to commencing work.  Failure to do so may mean having to undo any changes made - at your own expense!

 

The Committee is available for advice and will visit you (if necessary) to discuss your needs.  Simple requests may not warrant a home visit. 

 

See also "The restrictive Covenant", "Where can I find my Title Deeds?" and "What are Green Zones?" for more information.

Can I put up a Satellite Dish?

 

Yes.  Written approval from the Management Committee is NOT required* in order to install a single satellite dish on your property.

 

* However this was not the case under the original language of the restrictive Covenant.  See "The restrictive Covenant" for more information.

Can I fell or remove a tree?

 

Yes - and written approval from the Management Committee IS required in order to fell or remove a tree on your property. 

 

See "The restrictive Covenant" for more information.

Which fences or boundaries are my responsibility to repair or keep in good condition?

 

The fences and/or boundaries that are your responsibility to repair or keep in good condition are indicated in the plan in your Title Deeds.  The Company does have plans but these are generally less detailed that the Title Deeds themselves.

 

On your Title Deeds, the "T marks" on the plan point in the direction of the owner who has to maintain the boundary e.g. fence or hedge. (See the diagram below.)

If the deeds say nothing, then where fences have posts or struts on one side, the law will generally presume that the owner on that side owns and is responsible for it.

 

See also "Where can I find my Title Deeds?" for more information.

Where can I find my Title Deeds?

 

You will have been given a copy of your Title Deeds by your solicitor when you purchased your house.

 

However, for a small fee you can get a copy of your Title Deeds as registered at HM Land Registry.  This may be done online at the Land Registry website.

What are "Green Zones"?

 

Green Zones were set up in 1997 when the Estate was first taken over and are significantly restricted in their use (as detailed in the restrictive Covenants).  For example, no building may be erected (even in part) on a designated Green Zone.

 

Any designated Green Zones on your property are indicated in your Title Deeds.  The Company also has plans of these.

 

See also "The restrictive Covenant" and "Where can I find my Title Deeds?" for more information.

The restrictive Covenants?

 

In 1997 when the Estate was first taken over, restrictive Covenants were put in place to protect the development of Stratton Fields estate.  These are part of your Title Deeds and detail various conditions that affect your property and the estate in general.  For example, in particular, Part I of the 4th Schedule states what modifications may (or may not) be made to the exterior of your property and that it must be maintained in a “neat and tidy” fashion.

 

Some years ago, a “Plain English” version of Part I of the 4th Schedule was produced by the Company Solicitor.  A copy is available in the “Links” section of the website.

 

See also "Where can I find my Title Deeds?" for more information.

Can I set up s Standing Order to pay for my Service Charge?

 

Yes - contact the Finance Director, Chris at finance@strattonfields.co.uk to make arrangements.

I have a problem with a drain on my property...

 

You are responsible for the drains within your property boundary until they exit your property, at which point they become the responsibility of Thames Water.

 

You can contact Thames Water via a number of different means including phone (0800 316 9800) and via their website.

My neighbour has noisy pets - what can I do?

 

In the first instance, go and speak to your neighbour!  Explain to them the problem you are having – they are probably completely unaware that their pets are causing you such problems and often, this is all it takes to resolve the issue.

 

Further advice – including some things to try and links to other resources – is available from Cherwell District Council.

My neighbour has a messy garden - what can I do?

 

In the first instance, go and speak to your neighbour!  Explain to them the problem you are having – they are probably completely unaware that their messy garden is causing you such problems and often, this is all it takes to resolve the issue.

 

It is worth noting that since keeping the property in a “neat and tidy” condition is a specific item in the restrictive Covenants – part of the Title Deeds to the property.

 

See also “The restrictive Covenants”.

My neighbour is inconsiderate - what can I do?

 

In the first instance, go and speak to your neighbour!  Explain to them the problem you are having – they are probably completely unaware that their lack of consideration is causing you such problems and often, this is all it takes to resolve the issue.

 

See also “The restrictive Covenants”.

A street light near me is not working properly...

 

This includes the bollards at the junction of Thomson Drive and Buckingham Road.  Please report any street lights that are not working to us so that we may arrange for them to be fixed. 

There is a pot-hole or pavement defect...

 

Please report any pot holes or pavement defects to us so we may arrange for them to be repaired. 

I have spotted a problem with a drain or draincover on the Estate...

 

Thames Water are responsible for the drains on the Estate.  They may be contacted via a number of different means including phone (0800 316 9800) and via their website.

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