Early Development

Two extracts from 1920s brochures, distributed when Moor Park was first developed as a residential estate, give a sense of its unique character:

‘A residence may be obtained in Moor Park at an approximate cost of £1,750 with two large reception rooms and four or five bedrooms, domestic offices and garage.’

‘One may enjoy quietude and seclusion (without isolation} in an old English park.’

When the Moor Park residential Estate was first developed in the 1920s and 1930s, its distinctive 'character was established by means of a few basic principles:

  • Each plot was of substantial size (usually not less than a third of an acre)
  • There was only one house on each plot
  • Hedges or other natural dividers marked the boundaries between adjacent plots.
  • There were no walls or fences, except where the side of a plot adjoined a public footpath
  • The frontage of each property (between the plot and the road) was of an unobtrusive character of mostly low hedges, low stone walls or open to the road
  • Between the front of the plot and the road there was usually a grassy verge
  • Throughout the Estate there was a rich profusion of trees.

In general these features have been preserved, and the character of Moor Park depends on protecting them. It is the policy of the Company to do all it can to ensure that the special character of the Estate is maintained and that any new developments observe the guidelines set out in the Moor Park Conservation Area Appraisal.