Exmouth seafront covenants
In the early 1900s a number of covenants restricting development on the sea front at Exmouth were imposed by the Rolle and Clinton Estates on land which had been, in the main, gifted for public and charitable purposes and is now in the ownership of EDDC. At this time the Estate had more influence on the development of the town and wished to retain some control. Since that time Councillors at Exmouth Town Council and the District Council determine all aspects of planning and the requirement for the covenants has now reduced, as the Estate owns little land in the vicinity of the sea front.
In recent years the Estate had dealt with the release of covenants on a piecemeal basis, including the release of covenants for the building of the RNLI life boat station, which were released at no cost.
In 2008 Clinton Devon Estates was approached by East Devon District Council with a request to lift all the remaining historic covenants to enable them to proceed with their regeneration plans for the benefit of the Town.
The view of the Estate was that EDDC was the elected body representing the interests of the wider community and it was prepared to discuss the release of all the covenants to assist the Local Authority proceed with their plans to re-generate Exmouth. Based on charges previously made for the release of individual covenants, a figure of £50,000 was agreed, after a negotiation.