Exmouth seafront covenants

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.

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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.

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892