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Design Guides

Design Guides were introduced to support and guide you through the process of applying and making alterations to your home.

Our Guides ensure the character of each community that we manage, whether it’s brand new or over 100 years old, is conserved and enhanced.

We also recognise the need for our Guides to meet the needs of people today and in the future, and in 2021 we worked with residents to revise Design Guides for the Bournville Estate in Birmingham and Lawley Village in Telford.

In 2024, a revised version of the Lightmoor Village Design Guide has been published following consultations with residents to ensure it is fit for the future.

When and how to use a Design Guide

When you move into a BVT-managed community, you agree to the covenants included in the TP1 (transfer document signed when buying your home). These covenants can impact on the changes that you can make to your home.

Our Design Guides are available to support you in understanding what can and can’t be changed, what changes need our approval and what work you can do without requesting approval.

If you are considering making any alteration to your home, please read the relevant Design Guide for the area that you live before applying to make an alteration.

Each area also has an estate officer/s who can offer you guidance on making changes to your home and support you through the application process.

You can contact your estate officer/s by calling 0300 333 6540 or email enquiries@bvt.org.uk

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