The five strict rules residents must follow in the idyllic Birmingham suburb

The green suburb of Bournville is seen as one of the best places to live in Birmingham – and with good reason. The historic village is packed with green areas, attractive houses and peaks often Sunday Times’ Best Places to Stay Guide for the Midlands.

Created as a model village to house the workers at the nearby Cadbury Chocolate Factory, the Bournville Estate now has 25,000 residents living in 8,000 homes. Most of the houses are owned by the Bournville Village Trust, founded in 1900 by George Cadbury with a focus on providing good quality housing in a green environment.

But to maintain Bournvilles splendor, there is a multitude of rules – sometimes called ‘covenants’ – which the inhabitants must abide by. These range from rules around growing new hedges to where you are allowed to park your vehicles.

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The Bournville Village Trust is one of the Midlands' longest-running non-profit independent community-focused organizations.
The Bournville Village Trust is one of the Midlands’ longest-running non-profit independent community-focused organizations.

The Bournville Village Trust has one Design guide which indicates how residents are expected to maintain their homes. In return, the foundation offers a range of services that help maintain the community.

Arthur Tsang, Director of Communities at Bournville Village Trustsaid: “Bournville has changed markedly since the first houses were built by our founder George Cadbury in 1893. The estate includes listed properties and post-war homes from 1945 to a state-of-the-art health village that was completed last year.

“Because of this, it is crucial that we have a design guide that reflects these separate areas, but which also places a common emphasis on protecting the environment and promoting biodiversity.

“Our design guide has been shaped by listening to the views of the locals, who are hugely passionate about the design and quality of their communities, and we see our role as working with residents to improve and maintain the estate so everyone can enjoy it. “

Here are some of the rules and ‘covenants’ residents of Bournville village must follow.



House on Mary Vale Road, Bournville.
House on Mary Vale Road, Bournville.

The residents have to pay for the maintenance of the village

If you live in a village or property within Bournville Village Trust’s Scheme of Management, you must pay an annual fee to the group. The trust says the money is being used to provide a range of services that help “create and maintain communities where people can thrive.”

The funding helps ensure that the fund can maintain public areas that it owns to a high standard – including roads, trails, open spaces, parks and more. It also helps the trust to carry out inspections of the estates to spot problems such as fluetip or graffiti.



Bournville residents have 'homeowner responsibilities' they must comply with.
Bournville residents have ‘homeowner responsibilities’ they must comply with.

No caravans, trailers or boats on your driveway

Residents with caravans, motorhomes, commercial vehicles, trailers or boats are required to store their vehicles in a designated storage location. It is not allowed to park on them on driveways.

There is currently a waiting list for the storage locations in Birmingham.



Shops in Bournville village green in 1925
Shops in Bournville village green in 1925.

Any changes to the ‘exterior appearance’ of your home must be approved

In order to preserve the village’s picturesque image, the residents must inform Confidence if they plan to make changes to their home that affect its external appearance. There are no rules about interior design, but the exterior of the property must meet a required aesthetic standard.

Changes that require permission include new extensions, new windows and doors, new driveways, attic alterations, new conservatories and even the installation of a new satellite dish or TV antenna. However, installation of solar cell technologies and charging points for cars is encouraged.



Bournville and Stirchley have been named the Sunday Times' best places to stay in Birmingham 2021.
Bournville and Stirchley have been named the Sunday Times’ best places to stay in Birmingham 2021.

No hedges, walls or fences around gardens

Residents are required to maintain their front yard and keep it neat and tidy. They may not erect or remove hedges, walls or fences without approval.

That Confidence say that the maintenance of front gardens contributes to Bournville’s “garden village character.” New wild planting, which creates foraging opportunities for insects and birds, can be planted without permission and actively encouraged.



Anyone who sublets a property in Bournville is required to inform the Trust
Anyone subletting a property in Bournville is required to inform the Trust

No rental without permission from the fund

Anyone who sublets a property Bournville is obliged to inform the Trust of their new address and the name of the tenant who rents their home. It is also important that any new tenant is aware of the responsibility of living in a village or property managed by the Bournville Village Trust.

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