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Environment and Planning, Belgium

European environmental law is based on the precautionary principle, which implies that the necessary measures and investments should be identified and allocated within time, if not civil and criminal liability will quickly be involved, sometimes involving substantial cost to remedy.

We have built up expertise in assisting and defending clients that face threatened or actual environmental or planning enforcement actions. We also have extensive experience in the strategic, procedural, tactical and legal aspects of securing planning consent, permits or compensation for landowners and developers as rapidly as possible and in the most cost-effective manner.

Dealing with environmental and planning issues implies dealing with public authorities. We give our clients the best possible assistance when negotiating with the authorities and, if necessary, we defend their interests before the administrative instances and courts.

Main areas

  • Administrative litigation
  • ADR and nuclear transport
  • CLP, Dual Use, PIC, REACH, RoHS, WEEE, etc.
  • Environmental permits
  • Health and safety
  • Hospitality and tourism licences and permits
  • Planning, consenting and permitting
  • Socio-economic/retail permits
  • Soil pollution
  • Waste compliance and management

Examples of work

  • Assisting numerous developers and industrial companies in obtaining building and environmental permits, appeals against the refusal of such permits or against the permit or environmental conditions (BATNEEC, etc.)
  • Advising various manufacturers/producers and exporters on CLP, Dual Use, PIC, REACH, RoHS and/or WEEE compliance
  • Environmental and planning law due diligence
  • Informing local authorities on behalf of various real estate developers in relation to the possibility of rezoning of commercial, industrial, residential, retail and mixed-use developments/properties
  • Advising various hotel developers and managers on the obtainment of hotel and tourism licences and permits and/or the interpretation of hospitality and tourism regulations
  • Advising and defending clients regarding civil and criminal liability for infringements of environmental and planning law

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