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.