We have won a key Habitats Directive case in the High Court: Harris v Environment Agency. Read our press release in full here > Freeths’ clients, long-standing campaigners and landowners Mr and Mrs Harris, argued that the Environment Agency failed to do enough to protect internationally rare wetland species and habitats of the Broads Special […]
Law firm Freeths LLP has today won a landmark environmental case in Harris vs Environment Agency. The High Court has ruled that key European nature conservation laws remain enforceable against the Environment Agency (and by implication other public bodies), despite the UK having left the European Union. The Court agreed with Freeths’ clients, husband and […]
Development applications which engage the regulatory procedures for protected sites and species can cause anxiety, uncertainty and delay. This article suggests the best approach to those applications. Get organised early Perhaps more than anything else, the best tip for anyone who may need to deal with regulatory issues to do with protected species and […]
The European Commission published on 12 October 2021 a revised version of its “Guidance document on the strict protection of animal species of Community interest under the Habitats Directive” (the previous version was dated February 2007). The new guidance document can be located here. This document is a key reference source for anyone working with […]
Tree Felling and Hedgerow Removal. This briefing is relevant to anyone who owns, develops or manages land. Freeths Environment Team have produced this guidance note outlining the restrictions in place and procedures to be followed when felling trees or removing hedgerows on land. Please note that this note only forms a brief summary of the […]
Introduction In the recent High Court judgment of Wyatt, R. (On the Application of) v Fareham Borough Council  EWHC 1434 (Admin) (28 May 2021) relating to Habitats Regulations Assessments (“HRAs”), Mr Justice Jay rejected the challenges made by a local resident objector group to the grant of planning permission for a small housing development […]
One-Day Legal Training Course (split into two half-day sessions) for Ecological Consultants and Developers We are planning on delivering our tried and tested Freeths European Protected Species (EPS) legal course online (via Zoom) over two half days. This is our detailed legal course for Ecological Consultants and Developers who have some experience of European Protected […]
This post will be of interest to anyone who is seeking to carry out, or object to, development on land or within territorial seas in England. The Environment Secretary, George Eustice, announced in a speech on Tuesday 18 May that the Government is seeking to add into the Environment Bill (which applies to England only) […]
(Split into two half-day sessions) for Developers and Environmental Professionals Advising Developers This is a legal course for developers and environmental professionals (who are advising developers) on Habitats Regulations Assessments. It focuses on how to approach assessing development projects and to deliver a legally compliant “shadow HRA” so as to secure the necessary consents from […]
Background A consultation was announced by MHCLG on 30th January 2021 which seeks views on draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The document can be viewed here. A draft National Model Design Code was also published for consultation as a sister document and can be viewed here. Both documents are now available […]
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