Consultation outcome

Conservation covenants

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

23 July 2019: We have now published the summary of responses and government response. We intend to introduce legislation for covenants in England in the Environment Bill. We will develop guidance to assist parties to conservation covenants.

Read the updated policy statement on the progress of the Environment Bill.

Detail of feedback received

21 May 2019: We received 112 responses. We are finalising our analysis and expect to publish a government response to the consultation later this year.

Original consultation


Seeking views on plans to introduce legislation for conservation covenants in England, allowing landowners to secure lasting conservation benefits.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our plans to introduce legislation for conservation covenants in England. Conservation covenants would allow landowners to set legally binding obligations on their land for themselves and subsequent owners. This will allow landowners to secure environmental benefits for the long term.

In particular, we want to hear what you think about the:

  • demand and potential for conservation covenants to secure lasting conservation for the public good
  • safeguards
  • Law Commission proposals, with our proposed amendments
Published 22 February 2019
Last updated 23 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added the summary of responses and government response document.

  2. Added note on how many responses we received and when we expect to publish a response.

  3. First published.