R4 You and Yours today had a section on growing opposition to freehold estate charges. 

Developers will be well advised to review their approach to covenants and estate charges. There are a number of things that can be done to mitigate the issue from having a sensibly balanced set of restrictions, to ensuring that any estate management is justified through a management policy and administered in a fair and accountable way. Where covenants are imposed to protect plot disposals developers might also want to consider time limitations.

With proper safeguards and appropriate management any estate covenants are more likely to be acceptable to plot purchasers and enforceable before the courts.