The Estate Management Scheme (EMS) applies to a large part of the town, mostly to the older areas and to the first part of Panshanger. All residents within its boundaries are bound to follow EMS. This sets out principles designed to maintain the “ethos” of the garden city and the buildings within it. EMS is administered under the terms of High Court judgement dated 7 June 1973 by the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
The purpose of the scheme is to protect the town and its unique character. Too often thoughtless changes will damage the look of a property or a streetscape and damage associated properties and their valuations. Usually change can be accommodated but it does require a bit of thought beforehand. It is essential, therefore, to ensure that changes are made in accordance with the ethos of the place. The Planning Department of the Borough Council can usually help and members of the Society are usually able to help as well.
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Areas shown in pink on this map are covered by EMS.