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NEWGROUND LAW’s environmental law experts advise on all aspects of this area of law including spatial planning, area development and environmental and nature regulations. The lawyers advise on both the development of new real estate projects and transformations of existing buildings and environments.

The Environment Act entered into force on 1 January 2024. This legislative operation is considered the biggest since the Constitution in 1848. The new law replaces all existing laws and regulations on the physical living environment, such as spatial planning, the environment and nature protection. Under the motto simply better, 40 laws and 120 AMvBs have been bundled into one law and four AMvBs. This should make environmental law more transparent, predictable and easier to use.

NewGround Law’s experts assist you in obtaining the right permits and other necessary documents. The team regularly shares their knowledge and analysis regarding environmental law and the Environment Act in articles and blogs (mostly in Dutch).

Chambers Europe 2024

Public Law: Planning and Environment | Band 3

“NewGround Law hosts a well-respected team of environment and planning lawyers in the Netherlands. The firm advises a range of clients on public law issues, such as zoning, planning, permitting and environmental impact assessments. It has particular expertise in handling cases concerning nitrogen, and real estate developments.”

At the start of each project we make a risk assessment and determine the strategy to be followed. This guarantees insight from the outset into planning and risks. Part of this is deciding which procedure is most suitable for achieving the intended goal. Timely and adequate communication with all the parties involved is essential. All the necessary permits and procedures are analysed from a legal ‘birds eye view’. We assist you whichever procedure is chosen, from Crisis and Recovery Act (Crisis- en Herstelwet) to Environment and Planning Act (Omgevingswet), from coordination procedure to zoning plan, from land exploitation plan to environmental impact assessments, and from ecological permit to environmental permit.

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