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Environment

Environmental law, planning law & public law challenges

 

Environmental and Planning law is a highly specialized, and can involve a variety of public bodies. Public bodies within this area include organisations that have responsibility for the natural and built environment. These bodies include

 

  • Local planning authorities – typically part of a Local Authority (council) and responsible for approving or rejecting planning applications.
  • National Park Authorities – these organisations have additional responsibilities for planning and the natural environment in England and Wales’ National Parks
  • Water Authorities, who are usually very large land owners with wide ranging responsibilities;
  • The Environmental Agency
  • Conservation bodies including English Heritage and the Victorian Society who responsibilities for the built environment

 

Environmental/ Planning Issues

 

Legal cases in this area can involve the following types of issues:

 

Town or village green space issues

 

  • My council has decided to develop the local green;
  • My council has made a decision to build near your home; and
  • My town center is going to be altered by the council building a new carpark, or leisure center.

 

Disputes regarding listed or heritage buildings/ sites

 

  • My Council has decided to knock down a listed building;
  • A historical building in my local area is going to be pulled down, and I would like to stop this; and
  • There was a heritage building that was on a building site area, and the developer will not move the building,

 

Water pollution and flooding;

 

  • The water source on my land has been polluted;
  • Someone has dumped waste in my local pond; and
  • A local company has built on the flood plains, and now my house is at risk of flooding.

 

Infrastructure;

 

  • The Council wants to build a road through my village; and
  • The Local Authority wants to build a new road through my house.

 

Windfarms;

 

  • Someone is building a windfarm near my house; and
  • The Local Authority wants to increase the windfarms in my local area.

 

  • Contaminated land;
  • Export controls;
  • Business ethics and human rights;
  • Challenges against planning inspectorate decisions;
  • Environmental compliance;
  • Site closure and divestment;
  • General planning issues with Local Authority decisions;
  • Renewable energy planning issues;
  • Waste disposal and sanitation; and
  • Planning decisions on housing sites.

 

If you have any enquiries regarding this legal area, please contact Duncan Lewis Solicitors at 033 37720 0409.


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