At the end of last month the Government launched a further consultation on the creation of a conservation covenants regime to enable landowners and tenants to restrict the use of land by themselves and their successors in favour of "responsible bodies". The consultation invites views on the proposed scheme which is intended to protect habitats, heritage sites and public access land.
Landowners and developers are encouraged to respond to the consultation to encourage adequate safeguards to be put in place to ensure that any regime operates properly and proportionately in favour of promoting responsible development and land use.
Conservation Covenants Closes 22 Mar 2019 Opened 22 Feb 2019 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Overview 1. Leaving our environment in a better state than we found it for future generations to enjoy requires long-term investment and stability. Where land owners seek to secure positive environmental outcomes they have no adequate mechanism to secure those benefits over the long term. We need a new legal tool – conservation covenants. 2 A conservation covenant is a private, voluntary agreement between a landowner and a “responsible” body, such as a conservation charity, government body or a local authority. It delivers lasting conservation benefit for the public good. A covenant sets out obligations in respect of the land which will be legally binding not only on the landowner but on subsequent owners of the land.