- Environment Bill—how practical is the proposed conservation covenants system?
- Original news
- What does Part 7 of the Environment Bill propose?
- How do the proposals in the Bill regarding conservation covenants differ from the previous draft Bill prepared by the Law Commission in 2014 and the changes proposed by Defra in 2019? Why have these changes been made?
- How workable are the proposals?
- Is this a welcome development for property law practitioners? Why?
Property analysis: The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ (Defra) Environment Bill has passed its second reading unopposed by any MP. However, concerns have been raised regarding the practicality of applying Part 7 of the Bill relating to conservation covenants. Under Part 7, conservation covenants will become legally binding contracts for conservation purposes between a landowner and a responsible body. Victoria Du Croz, partner at Forsters, explains the changes proposed by Part 7 and warns relevant parties that the negotiation and agreement of conservation covenant contracts ‘may not be as straight forward as initially anticipated’ by the Law Commission.
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