Conservation covenants: ‘For-profit bodies’ to hold legally-binding land agreements

DEFRA has confirmed that businesses and other for-profit bodies seeking to establish conservation covenants in England will not need to disclose as many details about them as first proposed.

The department’s comments, published yesterday, were in response to a consultation launched earlier this year on conservation covenants – legally binding agreements between a landowner and a “responsible body” – that impose positive or restrictive obligations on land to produce long-term environmental gains, known as public goods. 

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