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Practice area Environmental law

Construction of a new wind farm, temporary deviations from a zoning plan or lodging a complaint against a building plan. All of these divergent matters come under environmental law. The common denominator is that it concerns interventions in our living and residential environment: spatial planning, nature, environment and water. The lawyers of the Government & Property section have specialised themselves thoroughly in all of those areas of environmental law. The members of our team are often authorities in subareas of environmental law.

Advice and litigation experience

Governments and private parties are pleased to use that expertise. We issue advice to and assist municipalities, provinces, national governments, housing associations and water authorities. Companies, property developers and landowners are also pleased to submit their environmental cases to us. Disputes can be limited to a minimum due to advice issued at an early stage. And we have the necessary litigation experience if it does come to legal action.

You can turn to us with all of your legal questions concerning:

  • Zoning plans
  • Environmental permits
  • Expropriation
  • Compensation for loss resulting from administrative acts and loss resulting from government planning decisions
  • Spatial Planning Decree
  • Nature conservation
  • Enforcement and supervision
  • Other adjoining public and private-law issues

Environmental law 2019

Environmental law is comprehensive and changes very frequently. A large and drastic change is scheduled for the start of 2019. It is expected that the Environmental and Planning Act will enter into effect at that time. This new act bundles and better aligns all rules pertaining to spatial projects. In addition, the parties involved will have more room for their own initiatives. It is important to companies to coordinate the planning and organisation of projects with the new act on time. We can provide you with concise and concrete information about what is important specifically for you.