Building works

The Company is notified by Greenwich Borough Council of all planning applications affecting the Cator Estate. These are monitored each month by the Board, and where appropriate, objections or constructive comments are offered.

In order that we can maintain the appearance and tranquillity of the Estate at a high standard, may we please remind residents that construction work and deliveries of materials to sites are only permitted between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. on weekdays. Working at weekends is not permitted (this overrides Greenwich Council planning consent).

Residents intending to carry out building works can contact the office for a copy of the guidelines, or alternatively they may be downloaded from our website.

We appreciate that any building works are bound to cause disruption, but we feel sure you will share the Company’s concern to minimise damage to the Estate, and disturbance to residents, by following the guidelines.

To download a copy of the Building Works and Refurbishment Guidelines click here.


Residents who are contemplating significant building work that requires planning permission should at an early stage consult the Company regarding requirements relating to hours of work, rights of way, development charges and care of the adjacent verge and roadway.

It is the practice and policy of BCER to engage with the owner in these circumstances to agree the terms of a Development Deed with BCER and payment of the appropriate charge. The charge will depend on the extent of the works and be calculated in accordance with the table below. This also applies to developments which benefit from permitted development rights.

The construction traffic that accompanies developments on the estate can cause significant disruption and wear to the roads, this charge will help offset the long-term costs of maintenance and repair and reduce the financial burden on residents.

There are separate rates for demolition works and construction as given in the table below. These are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Demolition of existing buildings£ 50/m2
Construction of new, extension to, or substantial remodeling of
existing properties, including single level basements.
If multiple level basements are proposed then we reserve the right
to levy an additional charge
£ 40/m2

The area used will be the Gross Internal Area (GIA – as defined by the RICS Code of Measuring Practice) which will be an aggregate of all floor levels of the development (i.e. taking each floor into account – existing buildings/extensions demolished, area of new build construction/extensions, and existing retained areas remodeled or extended) as identified from the planning application.

No alterations to crossovers or grass verges are permitted and only the Company’s contractors may undertake crossover, verge or roadway repairs.