Vigo Parish Council


Vigo Parish Council

All residents in Vigo are bound by Covenants on their properties.

Covenants were imposed on all home owners in Vigo by the Developers. This was to ensure that all properties and their surroundings would be maintained to a high standard and look welcoming and attractive to the residents and to people thinking of moving into the Village. 
The Covenants are made between all home owners and Vigo Parish Council (who are the successors to the Developers). They also exist between residents in the same phase of the development.
Vigo Parish Council (VPC) has the responsibility for maintaining and enforcing the covenants and is the only body which can give the permissions shown below.
The document that follows sets out the general requirements of each of the six covenants, in non-legal language.  Residents are advised to check the Covenants in their Deeds to see the exact wording.

Covenant 1
Everyone must maintain a barrier on the boundaries designated with a “T” on the plans for their property. 

Covenant 2
Residents must not use their houses, garages or outbuildings as business premises.
Residents must not use their property for any activities that cause a nuisance or annoy other residents.
Existing trees must not be cut down.
The trees in the Village are also covered by a ‘Tree Preservation Order’ and this part of Covenant 2 is rigorously enforced by Gravesham Borough Council.

Covenant 3
Residents must obtain written approval for any new building or external additions or alterations to a property. All alterations require approval, including replacing wooden window frames and cladding with PVC.
(Where changes have already been made, it is possible to apply to VPC for retrospective planning permission. A fee of £50 is charged for applications requesting retrospective permission. For further information contact the Clerk on 01732 823337; or e-mail vigoparishcouncil@talktalkbusines.net
Residents cannot erect a wall, fence or hedge in front of their house. 
This part of the covenant results from the original planning permission granted to the developers, which required the Village to be ‘open plan’.
Residents cannot change the position or height of existing walls or fences unless they have written permission.

Covenant 4
Residents must not do, or allow anything to be done that would damage or obstruct roads or footpaths.

Covenant 5
Residents must maintain the external appearance of their property and not change the original colour of their paintwork without written approval. 

Covenant 6  
All residents must pay for the maintenance of the community areas in the Village
(This Covenant is no longer relevant as all residents now pay a precept to VPC as part of their Council Tax.)

It is clear that the majority of these covenants are in place to help maintain the Village to the standard that we all like to see. As successors to the Developers and for the best interests of everyone in the Village, VPC enforces Covenants 1, 2, 3 and 4. Covenant 5 has never been strictly enforced with regard to the colour that residents paint their front doors.  VPC generally only enforce this covenant if the external appearance of a property is substantially below standard.

These covenants ensure:
The right to privacy of all residents is maintained.
All residents can be sure that other properties will only be used for residential purposes.
The appearance of houses in the Village will remain in keeping with its style and ethos.
The open plan nature of the Village will be preserved.
Everyone has proper access to roads and footpaths.

Please check to see that you are not in breach of any of these Covenants