Environmental and planning law

Real estate development

The economic system in Belgium and beyond is undergoing a profound and substantial process of ‘greening’ - federal, regional and local governments are aiming for a more sustainable and sensible land use. This development affects both private companies and the public sector.

Environmental law requirements play a substantial role in planning and permitting procedures of public infrastructure and public services, such as public transport, roads and railways, energy and water supply or waste disposal facilities. Such infrastructures regularly have significant environmental impacts – not only during construction and operation, but also in the phase of decommissioning and aftercare, such as in the case of landfills and mining areas.

Do you need:

  • Legal advice on the planning and implementation of permit procedures for an urban development project?
  • To clarify potential liabilities related to the remediation of your business premises?
  • Assistance with the purchase of an industrial area?
  • Legal representation in administrative proceedings before the administrative, civil or criminal courts?
  • Legal advice or representation regarding an expropriation?

How we can help

We provide legal assistance in the field of environmental law in the broadest sense (urban planning and land use, planning methodologies, environmental aspects, socio-economic permits for retail etc.)

We’re experienced in supporting the largest and most complex development projects. We perform a feasibility study on the planning of your future project, including examining the compatibility of your real estate project with the permits issued and the applicable planning instruments (regional plans, special development plans, spatial planning implementation plans etc.) Our services further include following up environmental effects, mobility and safety reports and compliance with other requirements (e.g. an archaeology memo).

Tailor-made legal advice requires a comprehensive approach. Therefore, our integrated environmental and planning law team of experts provides extensive practical experience and expertise in all relevant areas of law and in dealing with private and public sector companies, local governments, authorities and courts.

Our advice in environmental and planning law in particular pertains to the following subject areas:

  • Planning and construction law
  • Municipal law
  • Waste law
  • Soil protection law
  • Water law
  • Nature protection law
  • Energy law
  • Product regulations
  • Laws on hazardous substances and chemicals
  • Laws on access to environmental information
  • Environmental management / environmental compliance
  • Administrative procedures and administrative court proceedings

Contact us

Els Empereur

Advocaat Vennoot / Avocat Associé, PwC Legal BV/SRL

Tel: +32 494 57 15 50

Ive Van Giel

Senior Managing Associate, PwC Legal BV/SRL

Tel: +32 473 57 59 97

Olivier Drooghmans

Managing Associate, PwC Legal BV/SRL

Tel: +32 3 259 3803

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