This is an introduction to a very complex subject.  It is provided in good faith. If any expert readers can identify any improvements to this text then I will be pleased to develop the information further.

Covenants are sometimes seen by local residents as the “silver bullet” that will prevent an unwanted planning proposal from being granted. Unfortunately, covenants will rarely stop a planning proposal unless there is somebody willing to enforce it..

A covenant, in its most general sense, is a solemn promise to engage in or refrain from a specified action. Under historical English common law,a covenant was distinguished from an ordinary contract by the presence of a seal. Under common law the presence of a seal would enforce a covenant even in the absence of a monetary fee.

Covenants are normally written to protect the interests of one property owner (Party A) from actions of another property owner (Party B).

Covenants and planning


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