Great Denham and Land West of Kempston Developments
Great Denham & Land West of Kempston development
- annual charge to property owners explained
When you purchased the above property you will
have been informed that the title to the property included a
covenant that places a legal obligation on the owner of the
property to pay an annual sum of at least £120.00. This
annual sum is paid towards the cost of managing and maintaining the
open spaces that are being provided following the grant of planning
permission for the residential development at Great Denham and to
the west of Kempston
Up until now the annual sum was payable, if
demanded, to the company that built your property and the company
was responsible for maintaining the open spaces. Now
that the development is nearing completion the Council has been
asked by the company to accept the responsibility for the
management of the open spaces and this means that the annual sum
will be paid to the Council.
All money received through payments of the
annual sum will be kept in a separate ring-fenced fund and can only
be used to meet the cost of the ongoing management and maintenance
of green spaces on the development including the administration of
the scheme. This includes activities such as landscape management;
grass cutting (hard and soft), litter bin emptying, play area
checks and shrub pruning, maintenance of hedgerows and trees,
future planting etc.
The open spaces that will be maintained under the agreement are
the areas shown in green on the following maps but the charge
will only relate to the darker green areas (please note you
may need to zoom in on each map to see the shading accurately).
Map of the
Great Denham development
Map of the
land west of Kempston development
What’s the difference between the
annual charge and council tax?
The property owner sometimes asks why they
have to pay us an annual charge as well as paying council tax. The
annual charge is paid to the council as your Management Company
under the terms of your original Transfer Deed. It covers your
share of the cost of the services we provide to your
Council tax covers the services that the
council provides to all the residents in the borough of Bedford,
for services such as planning, social services and leisure. By law,
the council has to keep council tax income and expenditure separate
from other income and expenditure such as this Management Charge.
This means that we cannot use council tax to pay for the services
you receive under this Management Agreement. It also means that you
are not paying for the same services twice
The annual charge is payable by all property
owners and the charges are levied at the same rate for all
properties. The number of people living at the property does
not affect them.
The charge is subject to index linked changes
but will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that property
owners are not being overcharged.
Invoices will be issued annually in February
Property owners are responsible for the charge
and will need to make their own appropriate payment arrangements
with tenants or leaseholders.
ON SELLING A
PROPERTY SUBJECT TO THE ANNUAL SUM
Sellers and buyers should be aware that there
are certain procedural arrangements to be followed before such a
property is sold. Failure to comply with these arrangements
may lead to delay in completing the sale/purchase or in registering
the land at the Land Registry.
The Council has produced procedural notes
according to the developer that constructed the property (this is
due to slight variations in approach of each developer within the
Great Denham/West of Kempston site) The following procedure should
be adopted on any sale of property subject to the Annual Sum:
- It is the
seller’s responsibility to clear any arrears of Annual Sum as
a property may not be sold if there are arrears of Annual Sum
- The buyer must enter into a
deed of covenant with the Council to confirm that the buyer will
comply with the obligations in the original Transfer Deed including
payment of the Annual Sum.
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