Courtyard & Parking Management

The Management companies maintain most of the Poundbury courtyards. Please go to the “Reporting” Tab on this website to record a problem or report an issue. The Management Company only oversees courtyards. 

Where we refer to Duchy responsibility, use 01305 250533, or email poundbury@duchyofcornwall.org 

The Management Company responsibilities include:

  • Lighting (columns and wall hung)
  • Trees/tree pits and grilles
  • Reporting gravel surface dressing issues
  • Gullies and soakaways
  • Pocket planting
  • Bollards
  • Some manholes
  • Grassed areas and litter picking
  • TV systems via T2 Digital TV reception problems – phone direct to : 01935 428 255. Out of hours phone : 07976 690536.

Home Alterations

Private householders can undertake alterations inside their house but for external alterations permission must be obtained from the Duchy. Some external alterations will also require Planning Permission and/or Building Regulation as well as Duchy approval. Application for approval must be submitted by formal letter. If you need scaffolding or a skip placed in a courtyard you will need to request permission through the “reporting” tab. You will be responsible for ensuring your contractor is appropriately insured.
Examples of home alterations that will require Duchy permission include:

  • Changing paint colour
  • Sheds and greenhouses
  • Replacement windows
  • Porches
  • Garage doors
  • Woodchip boilers
  • Pergolas
  • Alarm boxes
  • Gas flues
  • Additional railings
  • Driveway replacement
  • Removal or trimming of trees(where they have been planted by previous planning)
  • Painting of render
  • Solar panels
  • Conservatories/orangeries

Trees

Trees are planted by the developers within public areas, courtyards and some private gardens according to Duchy specifications.
Residents must not remove, prune or alter any of these trees and shrubs, including those within the boundary of a property. If this causes a problem e.g a dead tree, contact the Duchy.
Newly planted trees in Courtyards are looked after by the developers for the first year, after which they may be managed by the Manco. The Duchy manages trees on streets.

 Grass Cutting

The few small grassed areas within courtyards are cared for by Manco’s, otherwise grass cutting is managed by the Duchy or local authority.

Weeds

Weed control in courtyards is the responsibility of the Management Company. The Duchy contracts out weed control on unadopted roads. Adopted roads are the responsibility of Dorset County Council.

Waste Bins and Litter

Litter bins can be used to dispose of wrapped dog waste. An overflowing bin may be reported to WDDC on 01305 251010
Fly tipped litter in Management Company courtyards is on private land and the council will charge for its removal. Waste in Courtyards should be reported to the Manco, on the streets to the Duchy. Bins serviced regularly by the dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) should be stored either in bin-stores or during the week within property boundaries and not in the courtyards, as per Stipulation 17.  Courtyards are not “back-yards”

Cars in Courtyards

Courtyards contain marked parking spaces and access to carports and garages. There is little free space in any courtyard. There are a very small number of spaces in some courtyards where parking a car does not cause any obstruction or hindrance to pedestrian or vehicle traffic. Residents are expected to park in their own designated space or garage. Roadside parking is intended (and stipulated) for occasional visitors, guests, services and not routinely for residential parking.

All garages and parking spaces need to have adequate space to manoeuvre at all times (a minimum of 7 metres in front and sideways) – so any car parked in such a way as to limit this space will be causing an obstruction.  As a rule of thumb, parking outside your own garage door(s) will be treated as obstructive by the Management Company but tolerated unless any complaint is made with respect to garage access by neighbours. The Management Company will take action in cases of persistent obstruction by parked cars in their private courtyards.
Emergency and works vehicles must be able to enter courtyards without hindrance always so parking in common unmarked areas might constitute a safety obstruction.

Visitor bays are placed in some courtyards. These bays are normally marked with a “V”. No resident has ownership or priority to use visitor bays. It means exactly what it says – a space for temporary use by guests or visitors to the properties near the V space. Under no circumstances can a V space be “acquired” as a second permanent parking space for any resident. If you have one private garage or space and two cars, then any second vehicles must be parked in a public square or on a street. Stipulation 16 refers specifically to Visitor parking bays, and can be found in this document under “Covenants & Stipulations.” Owners are reminded stipulations are signed as part of the conditions of sale.

Buttermarket

Buttermarket is a private courtyard under the control of the Management Company. It may also be used for events, and it’s primary purpose is to provide temporary parking for visitors and guests to our shops, restaurants and businesses in Buttermarket. A limited and controlled number of parking permits are allocated to businesses and residents who work or live facing Buttermarket who have no parking spaces in Admiralty or Inglescombe Courtyards. A 4 hour parking limit is therefore in place. Residential, and commuting parking is not permitted and all residents with allocated parking are encouraged to use it at all times.

Victor Jackson car park, grassed area and fountain.

This is a private courtyard under the control of the Management Company. It may also be used for events, and its primary purpose is to provide temporary parking for visitors and guests to the shops, restaurants and businesses. There are a number of marked parking sites specially for use of visitors to the adjacent café and businesses. A 4-hour parking limit is therefore in place during the working week from 08.00 until 18.00 hours. Residential, and commuting parking is not permitted and all residents with allocated parking are encouraged to use their own allocated spaces or garages.

Works vehicles in Courtyards

If you know that your contractor will need to park in the courtyard to undertake work for you, neighbours should be informed in advance.
Some larger projects might require a ‘site compound’ within the courtyard and residents must seek permission from the Management Company in this event, as this may disrupt use of the courtyard.

No rubbish or equipment should be left or stored in a courtyard.

Street Lamps

All streetlamps (including those which are attached to buildings) within courtyards are numbered – these lamps are the responsibility of the Management Company.
All other streetlights (including those attached to buildings) are the responsibility of the Duchy, or in the case of West Dorset District Council (WDDC) adopted roads, Some of these are numbered. The contact details of WDDC can be found on their website dorsetforyou.com

The Management Company courtyard lights are on a maintenance contract and should seldom fail. Should you experience a (numbered) lamp failure please contact  the Management Company through the “Reporting” tab.