Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society v Hillsborough Limited: PC 1989

The court considered whether a building scheme had been shown to have been established.
Held: A building scheme will not be implied merely from a common vendor and the existence of common covenants.
Lord Jauncey said: ‘It is now well established that there are two prerequisites of a building scheme namely (1) the identification of the land to which the scheme relates, and (2) an acceptance by each purchaser of part of the lands from the common vendor that the benefit of the covenants into which he has entered will enure to the vendor and to others deriving title from him and that he correspondingly will enjoy the benefit of covenants entered into by other purchasers of part of the land. Reciprocity of obligations between purchasers of different plots is essential.’


Lord Jauncey


[1989] 1 WLR 1101

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CitedSmall v Oliver and Saunders (Developments) Ltd ChD 25-May-2006
The claimant said his property had the benefit of covenants in a building scheme so as to allow him to object to the building of an additional house on a neighbouring plot in breach of a covenant to build only one house on the plot. Most but not all . .
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Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.242393