Planning and Environment

Planning & Environment

We provide you with vital strategic and legal advice on planning and environmental law

In an area as politically sensitive and heavily regulated as planning and environment, effective advice demands particular expertise. Clients appreciate our thorough understanding of environment and planning policy and policymaking as much as our technical regulatory proficiency.  This capability, married with our lawyers’ commercial awareness, has been helping clients identify and unlock opportunities across sectors around the world.

Our full-service practice is recognised for its depth of experience and strong sector understanding across energy, resources, infrastructure, transport, development and real estate. These insights are critical to helping our clients resolve complex issues in strategic transactions, obtain environment, planning and other regulatory authorisations, manage environmental risks effectively, resolve environment and planning disputes, secure access to land and deal with regulators. 

The areas of planning and environment law we advise on include:

  • Strategic and regulatory advice
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Appeals
  • Judicial review
  • Planning obligations and development taxes
  • Contaminated land
  • Waste
  • Asbestos management.

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Our work highlights include advising:

  • Sydney Water Corporation and the New South Wales Government on the Sydney Desalination Plant refinancing – including advice on the regulatory regime, native title and operational matters
  • The Long Live Southbank campaign in their successful bid to list the iconic South Bank skate park in London under the Localism Act as an asset of community value
  • Battersea Project Land Company, the owner of Battersea Power Station, on issues relating to Thames Water's proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel and Transport for London's proposed Northern Line extension
  • The Crown Estate on the inclusion of sustainability provision in its legal documentation, such as leases, building contracts and licences for alterations
  • Aurizon & GVK on a joint rail & port development, including approvals, tenure, regulatory risks, land access strategy and negotiation of key project documents for one of the largest integrated coal, rail and port developments in the world
  • AMP Quay Quarter, Sydney - strategic advice on the planning regime changes necessary to facilitate a new commercial tower on the 50 Bridge Street site, as well as negotiating complex voluntary planning agreements with the City Council; negotiating with the Council to acquire interests in sub strata under roads to allow vehicle access and thereby minimise the number of car park entrances and footpath crossings; and structuring the development participation agreement between the owners of participating land parcels.
"King & Wood Mallesons offers a 'one-stop shop' covering all environmental matters and capably integrates the work of its environment and planning lawyers with that of those engaged with native title and land access aspects. The team frequently acts for blue-chip players with regard to valuable construction and infrastructural projects."

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